Student Growth Tag

VA’s New ESSA Plan Gives Credits to Students Who Show Growth

Student academic growth “will carry greater weight in evaluating Virginia schools” under the Commonwealth’s new ESSA plan, which has been submitted for federal approval. Virginia Department of Education officials “say a big change is that Virginia’s plan uses a metric that includes not just test...

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Children Now Examines CA’s ESSA Plan

Samantha Tran, senior managing director of education policy at Children Now, wrote that “California’s education plan must be more transparent about student performance.” Her three recommended changes include clearly identifying “if gaps in achievement are closing or are stagnant,” setting “assessment standards so that the...

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NC Board of Ed Takes Final Vote on Draft ESSA Plan

North Carolina’s Board of Education will take a final vote on its draft ESSA plan this week. The state’s Department of Public Instruction “plans to measure improvement in student scores, as it has in the past,” but “it may add a non-academic indicator like school...

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Lexington Institute Scholars Examines NJ’s ESSA Plan

Lexington Institute scholars Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer write that turning New Jersey’s ESSA plan into “improved student outcomes,” as well as “narrowing gaps in student achievement,” depends on the state “effectively getting schools the support necessary to accomplish this crucial work, and also monitoring...

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LA Business and Education Groups Express Concern with Draft ESSA Plan

Nine Louisiana business and education groups – including  Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and the Southern Poverty Law Center – expressed their concern with the way public school letter grades are calculated in Superintendent White’s draft ESSA...

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Online Tool Helps Districts Set Learning Goals, Measure Progress

Chiefs for Change, Johns Hopkins School of Education, and analytics firm Tembo launched an online tool designed to help districts set learning goals and measure school progress under ESSA. According to Chiefs for Change CEO Mike Magee, the “Student Growth Simulator” will help “set goals...

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Fordham Analysis Looks at Accountability for High Achievers

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute released an analysis of state accountability systems for high-achieving high school students under ESSA. The report concluded that only four states have “praiseworthy systems”, and an additional four are “moving in the right direction.” The group ranked each state on...

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