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Posted: September 24, 2018 04:37 pm

Twelve States Do Not Count Students of Color in School Ratings

at Capitol City Charter School in Washington, D.C., February 23, 2017. (photo by Allison Shelley/Verbatim for the Hewlett Foundation)
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September 24, 2018 04:37 pm
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The nation’s main education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is a civil rights law that ensures states provide all children with equal access to a high-quality education—provided states carry out the law faithfully. Unfortunately, many states are shirking their responsibilities around two of the law’s most important provisions for historically underserved groups of students, according to a new analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed). All4Ed finds that twelve states do not include subgroups of students in school ratings, and sixteen states risk under-identifying schools with consistently underperforming student subgroups for targeted support. Is your state one of them?

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Posted: September 24, 2018 10:57 am

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and the “Classism” of Rigorous Course Work

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September 24, 2018 10:57 am
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Research shows that the International Baccalaureate (IB) program can increase high school graduation rates for students from low-income families and better prepare students for postsecondary studies. At the same time, however, some schools chose to limit the IB program to students that they “think” will do well in it. Such a practice typically holds down participation among students of color and students from low-income families, compounding the problem that historically underserved students also attend schools that are less likely to provide access to Advanced Placement (AP), IB, and other advanced courses necessary to prepare them for college and a career.

Don’t get us wrong. We at the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) are big fans of the IB program, but there are important considerations that district and school leaders need to keep in mind when they implement the program.

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Posted: September 14, 2018 10:51 am

Deeper Learning Digest: What Happens When Students Feel Like They Belong?

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September 14, 2018 10:51 am
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What happens when students feel that their voice matters? How does a sense of belonging contribute to student agency and the choices they might make in their approach to learning?

This week’s digest explores these questions and how EL Education is answering them through an inquiry-based learning approach. It also highlights a new documentary film on how communities can bring deeper learning to students, four key areas for leaders of project-based learning, and a new Design Studio event hosted by Jobs for the Future.

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Posted: September 13, 2018 04:24 pm

Documentary Film The Long View Highlights One Community’s Efforts to Bring Deeper Learning to Its Students

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September 13, 2018 04:24 pm
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This blog post is written by Susan Zeig, producer/director of The Long View.

One of the most common unifiers of people all over the world is the desire for a good education. Parents and guardians want this for the children in their lives, and young people want this for themselves as soon as they are old enough to appreciate its worth.

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Posted: September 06, 2018 11:31 am

Supporting Equity in Alabama

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September 06, 2018 11:31 am
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In the fall of 2017, advocates from A+ Education Partnership, a nonprofit education policy and practice organization in Alabama, contacted the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) for help in ensuring that the state’s plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) would hold schools accountable for the performance of historically underserved students.

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Posted: September 05, 2018 09:40 am

Federal Flash Goes Back To School! Students Weigh in on Low-Performing Schools & Career and Technical Education

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September 05, 2018 09:40 am
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What better way to kick off the school year than have students liven up the Federal Flash? This episode features Justice, a tenth-grade student at a public charter school and Elizabeth and Katie, both eighth graders in traditional public schools.

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Posted: August 24, 2018 02:43 pm

Federal Flash: DeVos’s Gun Plan

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August 24, 2018 02:43 pm
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The Senate passed its education spending bill this week, but the biggest debate wasn’t over whether low-income students should receive more funding. It was whether Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will allow school districts to buy guns with school safety money.

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Posted: August 20, 2018 01:11 pm

Creating a Culture of Innovation for Highline Public Schools

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August 20, 2018 01:11 pm
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Highline Public Schools is a large urban-suburban school district located just outside of Seattle, Washington. Of the district’s approximately 20,000 students, 77 percent are students of color and 67 percent come from low-income families. More than one-quarter of the students are learning to speak English. 

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