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Education Secretary Julia Keleher, who was appointed in December 2016, stepped down on Tuesday, April 2. The same morning, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced that Professor Eleuterio Álamo will serve as interim education secretary. Keleher oversaw the closure of more than 400 schools to save millions...

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) published a report in March 2019 reviewing states progress on their ESSA-driven responsibilities related to school improvement. The report includes a survey administered to 41 states and is organized around seven areas state education agencies are...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Montana Office of Public Instruction is leaving up to the local school districts to define the term "ineffective teacher" (as required by ESSA) based on local evaluations. The state does not collect data on local teacher evaluations, instead, local schools are required by Montana law to develop and...

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the release of the Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources. This guide, produced jointly by the Department's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, provides best...

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The Utah State Board of Education has adopted new health education standards for grades K-12. The updated standards now includes students in grades kindergarten through second grade. The new health education standards cover mental health and emotional health, substance abuse prevention, safety and...

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The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is hosting a free webinar on how teachers can use the WWC Practice Guides to support their practice and answer questions. The webinar will also cover the structure and content of Practice Guides, an explanation of how to locate and select the most relevant...

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The U.S. Department of Education (Department) hosted a State Education Leadership Conference today for key Georgia education officials. This was the first in a series of meetings the Department plans to host that gives state and local leaders the opportunity to engage with senior Department...

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Wyoming State Board of Education unanimously approved the state's first computer sciences standards late last month, requiring computer science be taught to all Wyoming students. This is also the first time a new content area has been added to the state standards since the 1990s.

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Data Quality Campaign created a series of resources on how states can use data to meet the different education goals outlined in their Every Student Succeeds Act plan to support student success.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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.

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