State and Local Control Tag

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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Texas to Change Grade Level Requirements with STAAR Tests

Adding to the ongoing conversations around the use of assessments in the upcoming school year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that the state’s standardized assessment, the STARR exam, will be administered. However, results from the tests will not be used to make decisions about a...

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New Survey in This New York District Shows Concerns About Reopening

In a survey issued by the Rochester County School District, public responses demonstrated widespread uncertainty about plans to reopen schools for the upcoming school year. In a document reviewing district reopening considerations, the district says that any hybrid instructional models would be “grouped in a...

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Local Control Rules: USDOE Can’t Cut Off Federal Funding of Schools

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration demanded that schools reopen full-time in the fall despite the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to maintain social distancing. However, the federal government has little authority in the reopening of schools as decision-making, in large part, remains...

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