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New Jersey Amends Graduation Rules, Causing Spike in Grad Rate

Changes to New Jersey’s graduation requirements have resulted in an almost five percent increase in the preliminary graduation rate for schools in Newark. State officials scrapped a rule requiring high school graduates to pass state standardized tests after state tests were cancelled in the spring...

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Debate Over School-by-School Spending Data in Empire State

Newsday’s John Hildebrand reports that ESSA’s requirement that districts “disclose per-pupil spending for each school worries many Long Island educational leaders, who said the data could well convince the public that some students are being shortchanged, even when this is not the case.” However, supporters...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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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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New Jersey Requests a Waiver

New Jersey is seeking a waiver from the Dept. of Education on the ESSA requirement for testing middle school students. The state would like “to test its middle school students in the mathematics course in which they are enrolled, rather than with the state tests...

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