State and Local Control Tag

ESSA’s Impact on State Assessment Landscape

State standardized testing is changing rapidly in the post-No Child Left Behind era. A new report, The New Testing Landscape: How State Assessments are Changing Under the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act, from FutureEd explores emerging trends, including the expanded use of college entrance exams for high...

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Districts Struggling to Find Evidence-Backed ESSA Strategies

In this follow-up piece to an article we covered last week, EdWeek Market Brief’s Michelle R. Davis says that “school districts are searching for education vendors whose products have evidence to highlight their effectiveness, but it’s often a struggle for them to find a match.”...

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North Carolina Releases Interim Progress Report

Last week, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction released data “on the interim progress that North Carolina schools are making to reach long-term, 10-year goals, a new reporting requirement under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.” For this, the second year of interim goals,...

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Kentucky Prepares to Roll Out Star Rating System

This fall, the Kentucky Department of Education will roll out its ESSA-based school rating system, reports Liz Schlemmer for WKY NPR. “Kentucky is designing its star system right now,” and the Kentucky Department of Education “has brought together a committee of superintendents and principals and...

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How States Evaluate Companies for School Turnaround Efforts

In EdWeek Market Brief, Michelle R. Davis explores how, almost four years after ESSA’s passage, the federal law’s evidence-based interventions requirements are upending the K-12 education marketplace. “Requirements that education companies show proof of the effectiveness of their products, services, and strategies are shifting how...

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Secretary DeVos Talks ESSA at Alaska Forum

According to KUAC, last week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was in Alaska, where she discussed ESSA (among other topics) with state education stakeholders. Hosted by the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, the round-table discussion focused on workforce development. At the event, participants “talked about the...

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Minnesota Releases Assessment Data & Accountability Plan Update

On August 29, Minnesota’s Department of Education released the state’s most recent statewide test scores, “along with a batch of other updated data the state uses to track schools’ performance.” Erin Golden and MaryJo Webster of the Minneapolis Star Tribune report that included in the...

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New Data Tool Demonstrates College and Career Readiness Gap

“Researchers probing a new, interactive ‘data explorer’ that matches students’ outcomes with college and career readiness measures found that—while nearly all students are graduating from high school in some states—fewer than half are considered ready for college or careers,” reports Michele Molnar for EdWeek Market Brief. “The digital database, released...

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CEP Releases ESSA Evidence Report

Last week, the Center on Education Policy at George Washington University released a report (District Leader Interviews: How School Districts are Responding to ESSA’s Evidence Requirements for School Improvement), which is the second in a series examining the implementation of ESSA’s evidence-based school improvement approaches...

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