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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.
the school improvement industry
October 29, 2018
Private groups have long tried to help turn around struggling schools. But it’s not clear if they’re doing any good.
There's little evidence on whether that school improvement industry, paid for by taxpayers, is actually boosting student learning, according to a new study.
September 26, 2018
These Memphis schools now risk a state takeover
A look at the state’s new criteria for when to step in to improve schools provides some clues about which ones are under consideration.
September 19, 2018
Struggling Tennessee schools find out Friday if they could face state intervention
The "priority school" list will be the first since 2014 and will chart state improvement strategies, investments, and interventions.
September 14, 2018
New York officials soften potential penalties for schools where many students opt out of tests
Under the initial rules, districts that had high opt-out rates for five years could have to set aside Title I funding, which is earmarked for high-poverty schools.
Just say no
September 13, 2018
New York bans the use of federal, state money to buy guns for schools
New York will not allow schools to use federal or state money to buy guns, according to a memo sent Wednesday by state…
September 5, 2018
One state, three lists of troubled schools — another consequence of Tennessee’s testing mess
After months of talks, federal and state officials come to terms on how to address Tennessee's lowest-performing schools in light of TNReady problems.
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…
change of plans
June 11, 2018
With A-F grades off the table, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law
Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system to rate the state's 1,700-plus public schools.
May 29, 2018
Behind the scenes, New York City schools that serve students who have fallen behind are undergoing a ‘systemic’ transformation
At the center is a question New York City has been grappling with for decades: How should the school system help students at greatest risk of dropping out?
May 16, 2018
As Memphis expands its efforts to improve schools, one model is about to double in size
The Empowerment Zone, which will enter its third year in August, is a neighborhood-centric approach to improve 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.
The Colorado Way
May 7, 2018
Feds approve Colorado’s education plan after multiple revisions, but critics see more work to do
Colorado wanted to use its state accountability system to meet federal requirements, but ultimately the two were not entirely compatible.
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 26, 2018
Tennessee lawmakers take another whack at shielding teachers from TNReady test flubs
The legislature orders that "no adverse action" may be taken over this year's TNReady scores out of concern that the test results will be flawed.
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