School Quality Tag

National Urban League Releases ESSA Equity Ratings

On April 10, the National Urban League released a new ESSA equity review, which rates the ESSA plans of 36 states and DC based on a dozen equity metrics, Education Dive’s Jessica Campisi reports. Metrics including resources, educators, and struggling school supports and interventions, were assigned...

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A Bipartisan Conversation Between Two Former Governors

In a 74 Interview, Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) and Former Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) engaged in a one-on-one discussion on bipartisan education policy efforts. The two state leaders focused on college and career readiness, standards, testing, and ESSA. When talking about ESSA,...

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Alaska Flags Schools for Improvement

The Milbank Monitor reports that Alaska’s education department “has flagged about a fifth of the state’s public schools as needing additional support” under its new, ESSA-based accountability system. “The 107 schools were identified because of low graduation rates or poor performance on academic measures, either...

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A School Improvement Resolution for New York State

New York Urban League President and CEO Arva Rice highlights the Collaborative’s recent review of New York’s ESSA accountability plan, which “found that New York has laid a strong foundation but can still improve the sustainability of its plan.” Rice urges the Governor and legislators...

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New Mexico Ditching A-F Rating System

The New Mexico Public Education Department plans to get rid of the state’s A-F public school grading system, reports Dillon Mullan for the Santa Fe New Mexican. “Under proposed changes to the state’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the agency...

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Deciphering Washington State’s New Report Card

According to Neal Morton at the Seattle Times, late last year, Washington state “released new school report cards online for parents and guardians to see how well their children’s schools performed.” But the “website broke.” The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction then “stabilized...

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ESSA Implementation, Illinois, and Student Outcome Requirements

Elliot Regenstein, Ben Boer, and Paul Zavitkovsky take a look at the implementation of ESSA’s student outcome requirements in Illinois. The state’s Board of Education “has set a goal of having 90 percent of students achieve proficiency on state standardized tests.” And Although ESSA “was...

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South Carolina House Speaker Opposes ESSA Plan Changes

Maayan Schechter reports for the Charlotte Observer that the Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives Jay Lucas has “successfully pressured” House committee to “hold off on changing part of the state’s school-rating system” under ESSA. Lucas claims that the change would “reward underperforming...

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