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Making the grade
August 23, 2019
Calling for consistency, Memphis leaders create new student grading rules that are the same across the district
School leaders hope the new system will reflect comparable performance no matter where a student is enrolled.
Making the grade
January 24, 2018
Release of first school-level report card designed by Shelby County Schools set for Friday
Even though the district is using similar data points to the state, officials say they will generate different results because they are comparing only local schools.
December 10, 2015
Report card time: How do Tennessee’s teacher preparation programs stack up?
The 2015 state report card on teacher preparation programs details how graduates of Tennessee's different education programs perform in the classroom upon graduation.
April 12, 2014
100 days in, Fariña offers her vision for school accountability
After 100 days of running the city school system, Carmen Fariña took stock on Saturday, repeating her commitment to making teachers and principals feel respected and previewing changes to the Bloomberg-era system of school accountability.
December 20, 2013
State-run district’s per-pupil expenditure not included on state report card
When Tennessee’s department of education rolled out a sleek new "report card" last month to help parents compare school districts, it did not include how much money its own Achievement School District (ASD) spends on each child. It did include that information for every other district in the state.
November 13, 2013
State releases redesigned school report card
The state released a new school report card today that includes a college and career readiness section. The Tennessee Department of Education said they wanted…
July 2, 2013
In report, AQE cites progress in Albany — and room for growth
Parents supporting the Alliance for Quality Education gathered in Manhattan to watch the livestream of the press conference in Albany discussing the group's report card. The state should be applauded for its recent investments in prekindergarten and community schools, according to an Alliance for Quality Education report released today. But the lobbying group said New York still has a lot of work to do when it comes to issues such as expanded learning time, reducing school suspensions, and offering high-quality training for teachers. In a "college and career readiness report card," AQE also dinged the state for not reducing the per-pupil funding gap between wealthy and poor school districts, a pet issue for the lobbying group, which frequently partners with the state teachers union. "Unless there is a substantial change in education policy, these negatives will keep being negatives," said AQE Executive Director Billy Easton.
October 3, 2012
Failing grade follows drop in scores, probes at Choir Academy
A year after its principal was removed amid an investigation into cheating fraud, the middle school at Choir Academy of Harlem saw its city evaluation tumble. In falling from a B in 2011 to a F this year, Choir Academy was one of 10 schools to see its progress report grade drop by three letter grades, a jarring change in a year when city officials touted the relative year-to-year stability of its progress reports. Update: The city released a shortlist of schools it would consider closing this afternoon. Choir Academy was not on the list. The school was included on the city's second list, which was released days later. Parents and staff at the troubled school said on Monday that Choir Academy is back on track this year because it has a new principal. Melissa Vaughan abruptly replaced Andrea Ellen Parris in January when Parris was denied tenure after four years at the school. Under Parris, the school significantly improved its graduation rate and test scores, but a department spokeswoman said today that investigators had spent most of the last two years looking into allegations of cheating.
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