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March 8, 2017
What the heck is the Colorado school accountability clock? (And 14 other questions you might ask.)
State officials are about to intervene in the hopes of setting some schools on the right course.
March 7, 2017
The state tried to save one Colorado school before and failed. Now it is about to try again — with 12.
The ill-fated attempt to turn around Cole Middle School provides a cautionary tale as the state prepares to intervene in a bid to improve 12 schools and five districts.
January 20, 2017
Week in review: “Horrible outcomes” vs. “false news”
Today’s the day that struggling schools across the state have been dreading for months. At 11 a.m., the state education department…
January 11, 2017
Five takeaways from the NAACP’s charter school hearing in Memphis
Months after the NAACP called for a pause in charter school growth, an NAACP task force is seeking to learn the nuances of the education reform tool in American cities.
Making the grade
December 15, 2016
Tennessee schools soon will receive letter grades. But will poverty be considered?
Not everyone is in agreement about what should constitute an A under Tennessee's new system for evaluating schools.
To grade or not to grade?
November 28, 2016
Feds say Indiana can drop its A-F system. But does it want to?
Today federal officials made two announcements about ESSA.
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 31, 2016
Tennessee should ramp up focus on gifted students in accountability system, report says
For a state that’s done a lot to support low-achieving students, Tennessee scores low on accountability for its gifted ones, says a new national report.
More than scores
July 20, 2016
Beyond test scores, Tennessee looks at how to evaluate districts and schools under ESSA
With the switch to ESSA looming, state leaders consider which metrics to include in the state's accountability plan.
July 20, 2016
Meet the former teacher who helps steer Tennessee’s education policy
As executive director of the State Board of Education, Sara Heyburn talks with Chalkbeat about what the board does and Tennessee education policy priorities.
the long view
July 13, 2016
Why this year’s failed TNReady test leaves Tennessee with challenges for years to come
The decision to cancel standardized testing this year will impact the state's accountability system for at least three years.
List of principles
July 11, 2016
What makes a highly effective school? New York State takes its first crack at describing what will count
The state's new accountability system could be based on these 20 principles.
June 8, 2016
Colorado backs off controversial proposal to change schools rating system
Civil rights and education reform advocacy groups raised concern.
Past the post
May 9, 2016
Plan to reduce accountability paperwork clears the legislature
A bill that would reduce the number of improvement plans many districts and schools have to file has passed the Colorado legislature.
May 2, 2016
U.S. education chief: Without TNReady scores, Tennessee should look elsewhere for accountability
High school graduation rates and student absenteeism are among indicators suggested by U.S. Secretary of Education John King to fill the gap for TNReady.
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