Financial Transparency Tag

Six Takeaways from Nebraska’s High School Assessments

Last week, “the Nebraska Department of Education released test scores and performance ratings for more than 1,100 schools and 244 districts.” Here, Joe Dejka highlights six key takeaways. Test scores did not change much—with proficiency scores in English language arts and math both up by...

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Maximizing School Funds

At a series of panels cosponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, education experts discussed ways in which America’s education system could improve results by getting “more bang for the buck through the use of technology, or in special education,...

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Idaho Misses All Yearly ESSA Benchmarks Again

For the second year in a row, “Idaho missed all of its yearly benchmarks in math and English for vulnerable student populations,” reports Clark Corbin for IdahoEdNews.org. Missing “all 22 of the math and English language arts interim targets identified in the consolidated state plan...

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Florida Releases School Spending Data

In the Florida Phoenix, Diane Rado reports on the Sunshine State’s release of school-level spending data as required by ESSA. This data, she says, could be “an eye opener,” given the incredible disparity in per-student spending from school to school. For example, “in the Collier...

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Alabama Releases School-Level Spending Data

Thanks to ESSA’s financial transparency requirements, the public in Alabama is getting a closer look at how much schools are spending to educate the state’s children. These numbers, writes Trisha Powell Crain for AL.com, are “all over the map, varying widely between districts and between...

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Fairness in School Spending

Jane Porath, an 8th grade mathematics teacher at Traverse City East Middle School in Michigan and a Educators for High Standards Teacher Champion, takes on the complex issue of fairness versus equity in education funding.. The Every Students Succeeds Act requires states to track and...

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