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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.
November 3, 2015
State board member calls for Indiana to keep a general diploma
Parents and educators have said new diplomas would create more challenges for students with special needs.
October 27, 2015
In an about-face, Pence joins Ritz in calling for relief from testing sanctions
In a letter to the Indiana State Board of Education today, Pence said lower projected ISTEP scores shouldn't hurt teacher evaluations or pay.
By the numbers
September 28, 2015
For charter schools serving overage or homeless students, typical metrics don’t add up
What happens when serving an important group of students makes it nearly impossible to meet normal benchmarks — and what does that mean for Broome Street Academy?
By the numbers
September 22, 2015
How much does homelessness affect school performance? New York City aims to find out
The city will award a $100,000 contract to a research group to measure every school’s population of high-needs students and how that affects their performance.
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