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January 10, 2019
Meet the Tennessee lawmakers who will shape education legislation this year
Thirty-two legislators will serve as the gatekeepers for hundreds of bills dealing with public education over the next two years.
December 4, 2018
How is your school rated on academics and attendance? Use Tennessee’s new report card to find out
Tennessee releases its redesigned state report card, ushering in a new era of transparency under a new federal law.
November 15, 2018
Report: Colorado takes a hands-off approach when schools don’t serve students well
The Collaborative for Student Success evaluated the implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act plans in 17 states, including Colorado.
November 13, 2018
Adams 14 board rejects new KIPP charter school in district
The Adams 14 school board voted unanimously against the KIPP charter school application.
November 13, 2018
In a shift, more education reformers say they’re worried about schools’ focus on testing
The pervasiveness of the complaints about testing was striking.
November 9, 2018
Will Adams 14 lose autonomy to outside overseer? Here are the state’s options.
Colorado's State Board of Education will decide the fate of the Adams 14 school district, and its high school, Adams City, and two Pueblo schools next week.
October 26, 2018
Chicago tags two charter schools for possible closure, warns five others
As Chicago’s five-year moratorium on school closings nears an end, the school district has labeled two charter schools and one contract school as candidates for closure.
August 13, 2018
Pressuring schools to raise test scores got diminishing returns, new study of No Child Left Behind finds
Does tightening the screws on schools and teachers lead to benefits for students? For the past couple of decades, school reform…
June 1, 2018
What the F? Here are the surprising ways failing grades helped New York City schools
The results provide new evidence that the now defunct A–F grading scale sparked improvements at underperforming schools.
Updated May 15, 2018
It’s official! Results from Tennessee’s ugly testing year won’t count for much of anything
Tennessee teachers and school districts can decide how to use this year’s standardized test results and won’t suffer consequences if the scores aren't good.
Taking a hit
May 14, 2018
By getting testing wrong again, Tennessee could undo what it may be getting right
Many stakeholders worry that public outcry over this year’s sloppy TNReady testing will unravel years of carefully crafted accountability systems.
May 9, 2018
Tennessee’s messy testing season is finished, but how much the scores will matter is up in the air
Students turned in their last standardized exams on Wednesday, capping more than three weeks of on-again, off-again computerized testing for TNReady.
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.
Updated April 30, 2018
Tennessee online testing problems persist for third straight week
Issues included difficulties logging in, screens going blank, students getting booted off the online system, and trouble submitting their exams.
April 19, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers take matters into their own hands on TNReady testing problems
After more testing problems, the legislature votes to pull TNReady scores from this year’s accountability systems for students, teachers, schools, districts.
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