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Posted: February 12, 2016 02:31 pm

Daily Dish: Accountability and Equity are Hot Topics at #ESSA Hearing

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February 12, 2016 02:31 pm
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This week, the U.S. House of Representatives held its first hearing on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In a post A Rocky Road to Regulation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (#ESSA), Phillip Lovell, vice president of policy and advocacy at the Alliance, said that although the passage of ESSA was a bipartisan effort, the “bipartisan gloves are off” now that the focus has shifted to implementation. “House Democrats want the U.S. Department of Education (ED) to hold states accountable for equity. House Republicans want to hold ED accountable for state flexibility,” Lovell writes.

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Elementary & Secondary Education Act, Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: February 11, 2016 04:46 pm

A Rocky Road to Regulation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (#ESSA)

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February 11, 2016 04:46 pm
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The bipartisan gloves are off.

Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce held its first hearing regarding the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). When President Obama signed this bill into law in December, both sides of the aisle showered praise upon the legislation, reminiscent of the days when Congress was functional. Yesterday’s hearing was a stark reminder of the deep philosophical divide between Republicans and Democrats regarding the federal role in education, particularly on the issue of ensuring an equitable education for all students.

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Accountability, Every Student Succeeds Act
Posted: February 11, 2016 12:53 pm

Daily Dish: Studies Show PARCC and Smarter Balanced Better at Measuring Complex Learning Skills

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February 11, 2016 12:53 pm
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A study released today shows that the PARCC and Smarter Balanced assessments provide a better gauge of the depth and complexity of academic skills than the ACT Aspire or Massachusetts state exam, the MCAS, reports Education Week. The research was conducted by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and evaluated how well the tests emphasize grade-level content for a college-ready track, and how well the tests require students to demonstrate higher-order thinking skills. The tests evaluated at the fifth and eighth grade levels, and were conducted following the release of a report by the Council of Chief State School Officers on high-quality assessments.

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Assessments, Common Core
Posted: February 10, 2016 02:45 pm

Daily Dish: Education Highlights from President Obama’s Budget Proposal

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February 10, 2016 02:45 pm
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After the release of President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget proposal, the education world has been quick to dissect the education elements within the budget. Highlights include funding to turn around low-performing schools, support for a competitive grant program to redesign America’s high schools, and a request for a new program to promote greater socioeconomic integration within schools.

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Posted: February 09, 2016 03:09 pm

Daily Dish: Increasing Diversity in Schools to Improve Student Outcomes

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February 09, 2016 03:09 pm
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More school districts and charter school networks in the country are employing tactics to create greater balance among students, as schools are becoming increasingly segregated by race and income. The Washington Post reports on a new study, released yesterday by Century Foundation, that shows ninety-one school districts and charters are using integration methods including magnet schools, weighted lotteries, and alternate school attendance zones to achieve more of a balance. According to Halley Potter, one of the report authors, this number is more than doubled since 2007.

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Federal Education Budget, Students of Color
Posted: February 08, 2016 04:34 pm

Daily Dish: How a Colorado School District Is Working to Reduce the Number of High School Dropouts

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February 08, 2016 04:34 pm
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A Colorado school district is working to reduce the number of high school dropouts through a process of early identification and intervention, The Tribune reports. Education reporter Tyler Silvy explains that according to a study conducted on select Colorado school districts, the average on-time high school graduation rate is 85 percent. If a ninth-grade student fails a course, that student’s chance of graduating on time decreases by 15 percentage points. Two failed courses drops it to 55 percent, and three failed courses drops it to 42 percent. Greeley-Evans School District 6 (District 6) has teamed up with a consulting firm called Zero Dropouts to identify and work with students who are failing one or more classes and therefore may be at risk for dropping out down the road.

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High School Dropout Rates, High School Graduation Rates
Posted: February 04, 2016 03:58 pm

Daily Dish: Acting Education Secretary John King Releases Guidance to Reduce Testing

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February 04, 2016 03:58 pm
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This week Acting Secretary of Education John King released guidance on reducing unnecessary testing in the nation’s schools. The new guidance is intended to “help states identify and eliminate low-quality, redundant or unhelpful testing.” The document is addressed to the Chief State School Officers and is a detailed follow up to President Obama’s Testing Action Plan unveiled in October 2015, after the release of a report on the scope of testing in schools by Council of the Great City Schools. More on that here in case you missed it.

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Posted: February 03, 2016 04:51 pm

Daily Dish: Education Topics That the Presidential Candidates Should Discuss

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February 03, 2016 04:51 pm
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As the 2016 presidential election heats up, with the Iowa caucus this past Monday and the New Hampshire primaries coming up next Tuesday, eSchool News highlights several key K–12 education issues that should be on the candidates’ radar and present in debates. Although candidates have touched on several topics, including the Common Core State Standards and college affordability, eSchool News argues there are other pressing areas in education that should be addressed, “from new laws and policy, equity and broadband internet access, to open educational resources.”

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Adolescent Literacy, College & Career Readiness, Digital Learning Day, Equity
Posted: February 02, 2016 05:47 pm

Daily Dish: Expanding Computer Science Access to Close Opportunity Gap

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February 02, 2016 05:47 pm
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President Obama recently announced his initiative to expand access to computer science in K-12 education. During his weekly address, Education Week reports, Obama called computer science a basic skill, not an optional skill, in today’s economy. The president’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 will include $4 billion for states and $100 million for districts to help bring computer science so that all students have access, including girls and students of color, the article notes. “In many ways, the move is symbolic,” guest blogger Liana Heitin writes in the Ed Week piece, “[it’s] a way for Obama to reiterate his commitment to STEM and pencil in computer science on the next president’s to-do list.”

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