School Improvement Tag

D.C. State Superintendent Of Education To Step Down In October

D.C. State Superintendent Hanseul Kang announced that she is preparing to depart the office in coming months, prompting reflections on her time as D.C.’s top education official. Notably, supporters and critics alike point to Kang’s focus on reshaping teacher recruitment and retention policies, goals to...

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Two New, Free On-Demand Resources to Empower Student Equity

In a partnership between the National School Boards Association and Learning Science International, two new resources have been developed that aim to help educators and school leaders empower students, increase equity, and drive student achievement. The resources specifically employ the concept of “Academic Teaming” and,...

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Using “Common Sense” to Broaden Evidence Beyond ESSA

Nora Gordon and Carrie Conaway, authors of the new book “Common-Sense Evidence: The Education Leader’s Guide to Using Data and Research,” detail some of their most significant findings as they sought to clarify ESSA’s requirement that instructional interventions and programs adopted by schools be “evidence-based.”...

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22 Ed-Tech Products Receive Certification of Approval from Digital Promise

Digital Promise has announced that 22 education products meet the requirements for the organization’s “Research-Based Design Product Certification,” which is intended to “give educators and parents assurance” that intervention products are research-based. The certification builds on the Every Student Succeeds Act’s Tier IV label for...

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Virginia’s School Ratings Waived for Second Year

Following the cancellation of state testing for the 2019-20 school year due to the spread of COVID-19, Virginia will waive its accreditation ratings for schools for the second year in a row. Data from the Virginia Standards of Learning tests, annually required by ESSA, typically...

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Alabama State DOE Announces Goals for Improvement

The Alabama State Department of Education has released a new plan outlining measurable goals to improve student achievement, including: “1) Academic Growth and Achievement; 2) College, career, and workforce preparedness; 3) Safe and supportive learning environments; 4) Highly effective educators; 5) and Customer-friendly services.” The...

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Oklahoma Rises to Top 3 in Pre-K Access

According to this new report from the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Oklahoma now ranks third in the nation on access to pre-K education for 4-year-olds. Perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise: “Oklahoma’s commitment to early education is evident in the state’s...

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