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Every Student Succeeds Act
September 14, 2018
New York officials soften potential penalties for schools where many students opt out of tests
Under the initial rules, districts that had high opt-out rates for five years could have to set aside Title I funding, which is earmarked for high-poverty schools.
change of plans
June 11, 2018
With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law
Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system to rate the state's 1,700-plus public schools.
June 10, 2018
Six new charter schools could open in New York City following Regents vote
New York state’s top education policymakers will vote on six New York City charter schools in their last meeting before summer break.
The Colorado Way
May 7, 2018
Feds approve Colorado’s education plan after multiple revisions, but critics see more work to do
Colorado wanted to use its state accountability system to meet federal requirements, but ultimately the two were not entirely compatible.
May 4, 2018
Does Tennessee’s emergency response to testing problems conflict with federal ed law? Stay tuned.
While legislation to address TNReady woes has eased concerns in school communities, it's raised a flurry of new questions about Tennessee’s plan under ESSA.
Show me the money
March 12, 2018
New York’s top policymakers outline a plan to help open up the black box of school funding
Starting next year, schools will start using a new tracking system for school funding.
March 11, 2018
What’s on deck at the March Regents meeting? A lot of charter school business.
Twenty charter schools will be discussed, in some capacity, by the board on Monday.
January 18, 2018
Hopson weighs charters as school turnaround tool for Shelby County Schools
The Memphis superintendent's comments hint at a potentially significant shift for a district that has battled openly with the charter sector over students.
Signed and sealed
January 17, 2018
Federal officials deny New York testing waivers but sign off on its plan for judging schools
The department mostly signed off on New York’s vision though they required some important tweaks.
Back from Betsy
December 20, 2017
Feds ask New York to make relatively minor changes to its new education plan
On Monday, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s administration sent back its response, which mainly called for tweaks and clarifications.
November 6, 2017
Stolen trucks, younger siblings and Halloween worries: A social worker tackles student absences one at a time
In a bid to get kids to come to school regularly and avoid the drop-out track, some Denver schools use lots of carrots and a few sticks.
September 20, 2017
Indiana has a curious plan to sidestep federal rules — give schools two A-F grades next year.
Grades based on 2017 ISTEP tests that are set to come out next month, which schools have already seen, are not part of this change.
Updated September 11, 2017
Here are 5 things to know about the ESSA plan New York is sending to Betsy DeVos
If New York’s Board of Regents vote on Monday to accept it, then they will submit it to the U.S. Education Department for approval.
September 7, 2017
Outgoing ASD chief reflects on Tennessee’s school turnaround journey
In a Q&A with Chalkbeat, Malika Anderson reflects on what she's learned during her tenure with the ASD — and what advice she would give her successor.
All-clear on ESSA
August 31, 2017
Tennessee and feds strike a balance in how to track historically underserved students
The change enables the state to intervene when any racial group of students fall far behind their peers.
July 27, 2017
Colorado’s education plan earns cheers, jeers from national reform groups
Official approval from Washington is still pending.
a plan emerges
July 17, 2017
Student suspensions will now be used in New York state’s revised plan to evaluate schools
On Monday, education officials released revisions to their draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan.
July 11, 2017
Critics call NY state’s plans to rate schools based on racial, ethnic group performance ‘dangerous’ and ‘confusing’
New York state’s proposed rating system for reporting on how well schools serve specific “subgroups” sends the wrong message, some advocates say, by creating uneven…
Growth plus proficiency? Why states are turning to a hybrid strategy for judging schools (and why some experts say they shouldn’t)
The idea has a high-profile supporter: The Education Trust, a civil rights and education group now headed by former U.S. Education Secretary John King.
CSI New York
June 8, 2017
Will you close my school? Transfer school staff, parents and students worry about the new federal education law
Transfer schools present a conundrum for state officials since ESSA requires that schools with graduation rates under 67 percent are targeted for improvement.
the new deal
May 8, 2017
New York state says it wants to expand its definition of success — and focus on equity — in judging schools
New York education officials have said they hope to capitalize on the Every Student Succeeds Act – and framed that choice as a statement of values.
the new deal
May 5, 2017
New York to release first big look at how it might evaluate schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act
Now, finally, the Regents' big ideas about school accountability will be spelled out in practical detail.
Week In Review
April 21, 2017
Week in review: A new Detroit schools boss — and (another) panic over closing threats
The episode illustrated just how on edge Detroit is when it comes to its schools — hardly an easy landscape for Vitti to enter.
April 14, 2017
Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet: Betsy DeVos is an ideologue, not the face of education reform
Bennet also expressed fears about how the Trump administration might undermine the nation’s new education law, which he helped craft.
Week In Review
March 3, 2017
11 things you should know about Detroit education
You’ll find that this week’s news was dominated by school closings, accountability, and the cost of education. But first, if you haven’t…
January 19, 2017
Tennessee ESSA draft can be improved to help kids of color, says equity group
The Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition is one of the first groups to weigh in on assets and shortcomings in the state's plan.
It's a start
December 6, 2016
Here’s a first look at how Tennessee schools could change under new federal law
The Tennessee Department of Education kicks off meetings about its plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act.
watch me naep naep
October 27, 2016
New York students show small gains in science skills on ‘nation’s report card’
New York fourth-graders saw their scores increase by 2 points on average, while eighth-graders’ scores rose by 1 point.
List of principles
October 17, 2016
How will new federal education law impact New York state? The state offers 36 ideas
New York’s definition of what makes an effective school is starting to come into focus.
October 11, 2016
How Tennessee might drastically change testing, and other potential changes to the state’s schools
State officials share their takeaways from nearly six months of discussions on how Tennessee should adapt to the sweeping new federal education law.
a whole new law
September 21, 2016
Coalition recommends laser focus on academics in state’s accountability system
A new coalition is urging the state to keep hard academic indicators front and center when judging schools
September 12, 2016
Indiana debates giving state exams to newly arrived immigrants
Indiana must soon decide between two options for measuring how well immigrant students are doing in school.
metrics that matter
August 31, 2016
New York’s school accountability system puts little focus on high-achieving students, report says
The state’s current accountability system earned 0 out of 3 stars, signifying that New York could do more to judge schools based on whether all students progress.
August 22, 2016
State committee ponders changes to school A-F grade system — again
Indiana is beginning the tedious, but important, work of making sure every part of its A-F school grading system meets new federal education rules.
July 12, 2016
No Child Left Behind is gone. Here’s how new federal law could affect Indiana schools
As Indiana tries to decide the future of testing in classrooms across the state, it’s also dealing with complicated new federal rules.
July 6, 2016
How to measure school quality beyond test scores? State officials count the ways
Ultimately, the state will have to choose just one to use in its new A-F letter grade system, but for now, all are under consideration, state education officials say.
cracking the code
June 28, 2016
How Hillary Clinton wants to make computer science courses available to every kid in America
The presumptive Democratic nominee it promoting increased investment in STEM initiatives, but the political prospects (as usual) are unclear.
June 22, 2016
Why some districts are putting new emphasis on easing the transition to kindergarten
With long-term consequences for kindergartners who have trouble adjusting to school, there's a growing emphasis in Colorado and nationally on smoothing the transition.
April 25, 2016
Sen. Lamar Alexander on the nation’s new education law, and how it could shape Tennessee schools
Tennessee's senior senator says the goal of the Every Students Succeeds Act is to leave decisions about schools up to local stakeholders.
February 9, 2016
Junking Indiana’s ISTEP test: What might come next and at what cost?
Lawmakers want to overhaul standardized tests, but state and federal law could limit how much they change.
January 26, 2016
Key legislator's bill now calls for dumping ISTEP in 2017
What sort of statewide test would come next has not yet been determined.
December 16, 2015
New federal education law gives states more flexibility — but will Tennessee use it?
Because Tennesssee only recently overhauled its education system, the replacement for No Child Left Behind likely will have a limited effect at the outset.
December 16, 2015
How the Every Student Succeeds Act could change New York schools
The law could eventually lead to changes in testing, what happens to struggling schools, and more as the state gets more leeway to make education policy decisions.
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