The Unintended Consequences for English Learners of Using the Four-Year Graduation Rate for School Accountability
This report by Migration Policy Institute discusses the unintended consequences for English Learners under the Every Student Succeeds Act adjusted cohort graduation rate, which all states use to calculate the number of students graduating from high school within the standard four years.
The New Jersey Department of Education has agreed to allow alternative high school graduation requirements—students can demonstrate proficiency in English Language Arts/Literacy and Math either by achieving a passing score on the PARCC tests, other standardized tests, SAT or ACT. Students also have an option to submit a portfolio appeal to the Department of Education.
California state education officials have released a new mobile app that allows users to peruse instructional standards for the arts, computer science, health education, mathematics, and history and social science. The California Standards app enables smartphone and tablet users to search, filter and sort standards to isolate specific content, identify standards common across disciplines, and inform decisions around instruction and assessment.
Title I Explained: 5 Things Educators Need to Understand About Federal Money for Students in Poverty
This article by EdWeek summarized the findings from the 250-page report published by National Center for Education Statistics on how Title I funds were provided to schools and students who are "outside" of the eligibility also benefited from the Title I grants due to schoolwide programs, grant purpose, the size of school district and state.
Number of Low-Performing Schools by State in Three Categories (CSI, TSI, and ATSI), School Year 2018-19
In school year 2018-19, the Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to identify Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) schools, which have very low overall performance or poor high school graduation rates and notify school districts if a school has underperforming subgroups - Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) and Additional Targeted Support and Improvement (ATSI). The Center on Education Policy published a report earlier this month on the data collected on the number of CSI, TSI and ATSI schools from March-April 2019.