April 10, 2019

Arizona schools at risk of losing federal funds over standardized tests

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has denied Arizona’s request for a waiver to that law to allow the state to implement its “menu of assessments." ED will withhold upwards of $300 million of Arizona’s school funding if Arizona continues to allow schools to choose their own standardized tests for students.

April 4, 2019

Grant Opportunity: The Office of Elementary and Secondary Education Announces FY 2019 Comprehensive Center Competition

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the fiscal year 2019 Comprehensive Centers program (CC) competition. The CC program provides capacity-building services to State educational agencies, regional educational agencies, local educational agencies, and schools that improve educational outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and improve the quality of instruction. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 24, 2019 at 11:59:59 Eastern Time.

April 4, 2019

New law will address student performance standards

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott signed an ethnic studies bill on Friday, March 29. The act proposes to require the State Board of Education to publish hazing, harassment, or bullying incidents, broken down by student group including ethnic and racial groups, poverty and disability status and English language learner status. A 20-member working group will advise the board on making student performance standards more inclusive, reviewing the standards and recommending updates and additional standards by June 30, 2021. The board then has a year to consider adopting ethnic and social equity studies standards into the statewide standards for student performance.

April 4, 2019

Officials: Statewide A-F school rating system conflicts with federal law

Michigan's new A-F school rating system conflicts with federal law and the state's federal education plan, said officials at the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The A-F legislation was signed into law on Dec. 28 by then-Gov. Rick Snyder. MDE spokesman Martin Ackley said the department has received guidance from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office that the new law does not fit the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires states to develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability and special help for struggling schools.

April 4, 2019

Screened Out? How Some States May Limit the Schools, and Students, Identified for Support

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have reimagined their school accountability systems and come up with new ways to identify schools for support and improvement. States are required to identify schools for three categories of support: comprehensive (CSI), additional targeted (ATS), and targeted support and improvement (TSI). States must also determine how to weight different indicators such as academic achievement, academic growth, and high school graduation rate in their systems—identifying schools that fall below the thresholds set in the law.