State and Local Control Tag

IL Officials, Experts Take Different Views of School Improvement 

In Chalkbeat Chicago, Yana Kunichoff shares that even as state education officials “publicly lauded their new school rating system” last week, the Promise to Practice peer reviewers “criticized Illinois’ approach as too hands-off.” While the state “developed a clear rating system as the federal government...

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TN’s School Improvement Plan Gets High Marks

Jason Gonzales also reports on Promise to Practice’s state findings, noting that Tennessee “is listed as a leader in its plan for struggling schools.” Tennessee received “strong overall marks” in the report, which “also gives the state the highest marks in one area of its plan.”...

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CAP on Improving All Schools

The Center for American Progress’ Samantha Batel recently released an analysis of how Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) approach to school support in the context of ESSA, “largely shifts the school support role” from states to districts. “Importantly, states will continue to play a role in...

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Promise to Practice

In The 74, Carolyn Phenicie provides an overview of Promise to Practice—the latest iteration of the Collaborative for Student Success’ Check State Plans initiative, done in partnership with HCM Strategists. ”Now that all state plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act have been approved,...

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“Mixed Reviews” for Idaho School Improvement Efforts

Looking at Idaho’s “plans for improving low-performing schools,” Clark Corbin reports that Promise to Practice peer reviewers praised the state “for using education coaches to help drive school improvement.” However, peer reviewers also “raised questions about whether Idaho is doing enough to direct school improvement...

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Colorado Takes “Hands-Off” Approach to School Improvement

Erica Meltzer reports for Chalkbeat Colorado about the Promise to Practice review of Colorado’s ESSA-based school improvement plans. She write about how the state “largely leaves it up to school districts to choose their approach—and it doesn’t levy the same consequences on these schools as...

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NM Proposes Tougher Accountability Rules

According to Shelby Perea in the Albuquerque Journal, in the final weeks of Governor Susana Martinez’ tenure, the state Public Education Department is proposing a number of rule changes, including for school accountability and interventions. If approved, the potential regulatory shift “would put parts of...

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ESSA & District Purchasing

In EdWeek Market Brief, Sean Cavanagh takes a look at a webinar which will examine how ESSA is “shaping district purchasing,” and what “this mean for companies and other organizations in the K-12 market.” Cavanagh will moderate the discussion, and he’ll be joined by two...

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SC Schools to Get Report Cards for 1st Time in Four Years

Ariel Gilreath reports for the Greenville Journal that for “anyone familiar with South Carolina’s annual school and district report cards, this year’s version (to be released this week) will not only look completely different, but will also highlight new data than in previous years.” The...

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