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Parents of Students with Disabilities Call on SBOE for More Representation In the News

October 12, 2017

Parents of and advocates for students with disabilities met with interim State Superintendent Ed Richardson Wednesday to express concern that Alabama’s ESSA plan (Every Student Succeeds Act) does not hold schools to a high enough standard when it comes to the performance of special needs students with one parent describing her child's special education class as a "daycare."

Proposed WV Plan Could Affect School Accountability for Minority Groups In the News

August 05, 2017

“Some states have a lower n-size for reporting than they do for accountability,” said Phillip Lovell, vice president of policy development and government relations for the Alliance for Excellent Education. “We think the n-size for both should be low,” Lovell said, “but we definitely think the lower your n-size, the more accurate and actionable your data becomes.”

California Proposes Minimal Sanctions for Low Participation in State Tests In the News

July 20, 2017

In passing a new school accountability law — the Every Student Succeeds Act — Congress gave states more latitude to decide how to use federal education funding, particularly in improving schools serving low-income students and English learners. What hasn’t changed is the requirement for nearly all students to take annual standardized tests — and for states to see that schools and districts comply.

How State ESSA Accountability Plans can Shine a Statistically Sound Light on More Students In the News

June 29, 2017

Equity-oriented groups that want as many students from disadvantaged groups as possible included in the accountability system, including the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Education Trust, have advocated for states to adopt a minimum n-size of 10, whereas since revoked Obama-era accountability regulations allowed states to choose any n-size up to 30.

Guest Column: Step Aside Naysayers; Louisiana School Reforms Winning National Praise In the News

June 27, 2017

In just the last few days two different, well-respected and independent national organizations did something that doesn’t usually receive a lot of publicity. They offered strong praise for Louisiana’s education improvement efforts. So what did those organizations have to say about our education efforts? “Louisiana’s new education plan is one of the most promising in the United States,” said the non-partisan Alliance for Excellent Education.

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