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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.
April 4, 2016
State seeks to limit opt-out options as TNReady Part II approaches
The Tennessee Department of Education directs superintendents not to make it easier for students to refuse to take the state’s new standardized test.
Adjustments in Accountability
March 31, 2016
This year’s TNReady scores can’t put your school on the priority list. Here’s why.
In light of TNReady's bumpy rollout, the State Department of Education has new provisions in place for how student test scores will be used to evaluate low-performing schools.
Making the grade
March 28, 2016
Haslam signs bill to assign A-F letter grades to Tennessee schools
Beginning in mid-2017, Tennessee schools will receive letter grades on their state report cards — similar to what their students receive.
January 28, 2016
Union backers say bill could wreck Indiana's teacher pay system
The bill would let superintendents give more pay to current teachers as well as job applicants.
January 26, 2016
Only a small share of Indiana schools earned higher A-F grades in 2015 (updated)
Just 6 percent of schools improved from 2014, compared to 30 percent that improved from 2013 to 2014.
Friday Capitol Roundup
January 15, 2016
School districts get tiny bit of good budget news
Current per-pupil funding would increase very slightly and the K-12 funding shortfall would shrink under budget adjustments proposed by the Hickenlooper administration.
Legislative Preview 2016
January 10, 2016
Lawmakers face tricky choices on education funding, data privacy and more
Colorado’s 100 lawmakers return to the Capitol this week facing a budgetary squeeze and some important unfinished education business.
December 16, 2015
New federal education law gives states more flexibility — but will Tennessee use it?
Because Tennesssee only recently overhauled its education system, the replacement for No Child Left Behind likely will have a limited effect at the outset.
December 7, 2015
Rewrite of federal education law could spur changes to testing, accountability in Colorado
The rewrite of federal education law moving through Congress has generated intense interest in education circles but will likely have little immediate impact in Colorado.
November 17, 2015
Republican proposal would offer aspiring teachers free college tuition
A new bill would give Indiana college students a chance to get tuition fully paid for by the state if they agree to spend five years teaching after they graduate.
Updated November 13, 2015
Under de Blasio, no measures of success or failure for schools serving the neediest kids
Together, the schools enroll as many students as the city of Buffalo. Yet they have not received public report cards in two years.
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