Student Growth Tag

Focusing on Growth in School Ratings

NWEA’s Chris Minnich writes in Education Next about the importance of factoring in student growth—and not just proficiency—when determining school ratings. While “proficiency matters, of course,” rating systems that include both achievement and growth are fairer because they “differentiate between a school with low achievement...

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Key Details on State ESSA Plans

Andrew Ujifusa reports for Education Week about the publication’s updated ESSA tracker, highlighting “six individual policy areas that advocates, analysts, and educators are watching closely,” in each state’s plan, such as long-term objectives, measuring school quality “beyond test scores and graduation rates,” and school ratings.

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ESSA Missing Lots of Low-Grad-Rate High Schools?

A recent study from Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University shines a much-needed light on high schools that have “good enough graduation rates to avoid federally mandated intervention, but are able to produce those rates because so many struggling students...

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States “Shirking” ESSA on Equity Metrics?

Dian Schaffhauser writes in T.H.E. Journal that, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education, many states are “shirking” their responsibilities under ESSA when it comes to two equity-focused policies:  how states are defining “‘consistently underperforming’ in identifying schools for targeted support,” and how they are including...

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State Plans a Missed Opportunity for Special Ed

Recently, the National Center for Learning Disabilities took a look at each state’s ESSA plan and developed an analysis—”Assessing ESSA: Missed Opportunities for Students with Disabilities“—of “how state plans are including and serving students with disabilities under the Every Student Succeeds Act.” Generally, the organization...

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How Minnesota’s ESSA Plan is Different…and How it is Being Received

Erin Hinrichs provides an excellent overview of Minnesota’s ESSA plan for MinnPost. Noting that while standardized testing still matters a “great deal,” the new North Star system is based on five key measurements, including “academic achievement, academic growth, progress toward English language proficiency for students...

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North Dakota Looking to Expand on ESSA

According to KFYR TV, North Dakota’s Department of Public Instruction is looking to expand its ESSA work. As part of its initial plan, the DPI “created an online data base and the Choice Ready program, which gets students ready for college, work or military after...

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State Officials Announce Delay in School Reports

According to Shelly Conlon of the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, the state’s annual school report cards won’t be released until November because of a “number of new items” added under ESSA. This includes “information on how many students go on to college, discipline numbers and...

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States are Taking a Harder Look at Learning in Early Grades

Education Dive writes that as policymakers and educators review state ESSA plans, “a recent analysis from New America focuses on how states are incorporating indicators related to young children’s learning into their plans.” For example, some states plan to leverage data via the Classroom Assessment Scoring...

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