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Credit recovery, or the practice of enabling high school students to retrieve credits from courses that they either failed or failed to complete, is at the crossroads of two big trends in education: the desire to move toward “competency based” education and a push to dramatically boost graduation...

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education Scott Stump and more than 100 stakeholders met on December 14 at the Department of Education to collaborate on ways to rethink Career and Technical Education. The Rethink CTE Summit expanded on...

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Developmental education assessment and placement policies guide how students may demonstrate college readiness and are placed into college-level courses. States and postsecondary systems use a variety of measures to determine a student’s college readiness. To provide a national perspective on...

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The Federal Commission on School Safety (Commission) released a 177-page report detailing 93 best practices and policy recommendations for improving safety at schools across the country. Utilizing the information gathered, the Commission report offers a holistic approach to improving school safety...

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New Jersey cannot mandate that students pass two state exams before they can graduate high school, a state appellate court has ruled. The unanimous decision was made public Monday, December 31, 2018 but will not take effect for 30 days. It invalidates the state Department of Education's requirement...

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New Mexico’s new governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham signed executive orders to suspend and replace the controversial PARCC test, the standardized exam used in schools to evaluate students and teachers. PARCC was implemented in the state under former governor Susana Martinez and Hanna Skandera, the...

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According to a December message from federal officials to the Georgia Department of Education, state officials who are thinking about applying for ESSA’s Innovative Assessment pilot program “don’t have to pick just one exam for your test drive—but you do have to end up with a single test in the end...

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ESSA requires states to identify schools that are in need of improvement and those where vulnerable groups of students are struggling. Under accountability regulations written by the Obama administration, states were supposed to publish this data by Dec. 31, 2018 but those regulations were scrapped...

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This Policy Analysis highlights research on school discipline, past state policy trends, current policy examples and considerations for policymakers examining their state’s policies. It also looks at how states address school discipline data in their plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation is seeking Professional Learning Partnerships to advance professional learning services supporting implementation of high-quality instructional materials. Of interest is supporting service development and refinement in middle and high schools serving student...

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A week after Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order ending the statewide use of reading and math proficiency exams known as PARCC, the Public Education Department said schools will be administering new tests this spring. The new exams, called the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment...

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The Indiana Department of Education is proposing a change to the state's ESSA plan by removing A-F ratings for federal accountability and replacing them with four classification groups: exceeding, meeting, approaching, or not meeting expectations, to help clear up confusion about how schools are...

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The Aspen Institute National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development produced this report with input from educational leaders, engaged parents, concerned citizens, business leaders, military leaders, researchers and youth organizations, with the intent to spread the message that...

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ERIC is a free, online database of education research. Since 1966, ERIC has added more than 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and other materials with about 1 million records for peer-reviewed work and 400,000 records have free full text available on the database. In 2018, ERIC...

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Established in 2002, The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) is an initiative of the Institute of Education Sciences within the U.S. Department of Education (USED) and led by several firms with expertise in education, research methodology, and dissemination of education research. In 2018, the WWC...

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The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) is looking for proposals from vendors to complete an evaluation for two programs authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Authority (IADA) and the...

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Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states had to choose at least one measure of school quality or student success—something beyond test scores. According to an analysis by Education Strategy Group in collaboration with Advance CTE and Achieve, a total of 44 states are looking at college...

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48 states and the District of Columbia have committed to measuring and reporting individual student growth under ESSA. This means everyone in those states – from parents to policymakers – will have more information than before on student performance and school quality. This brief explores the...

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released proposed non-regulatory guidance to support school districts' compliance with the requirement that federal funds supplement, and do not supplant, state and local funds, under section 1118 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education...

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The recently reauthorized federal law known as Perkins V calls for an expansion of work-based learning and better alignment of CTE programs with employer needs. Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan network of state and district education leaders, recently released a report, Let’s Get to Work: Learning...

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This article explores the key takeaways from the 2018 Advanced Placement (AP) results. The College Board is changing the test-registration date, from spring to fall (Nov. 15) starting 2019-2020 school year. The 2018 AP results indicate that schools with the early test registration date have seen...

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The U.S. Department of Education today, Feb 12, released a comprehensive set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on schools’ and districts’ responsibilities under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in the context of school safety. The FAQ document, titled, School Resource...

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Seth Gerson, the lead education policy director at National Governors Association, described the new class of governors as uniquely education-focused, whether it be on early-childhood education or workforce growth. At the conference, Gerson mentioned the governors' plan to invest in technical...

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The New Mexico Public Education Department announced that the state's standardized testing and teacher evaluations will be getting a makeover. The state agency is seeking public input for updates and ideas on how to measure the proficiency of students and teachers, PARCC for testing and NM Teach...

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Gov. Gina Raimondo announced on March 18, Angélica Infante-Green has been nominated as Rhode Island's next commissioner of education, replacing Commissioner Ken Wagner, who is leaving the job to become a senior fellow for education policy and practice at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University...

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A “consumer’s guide” from Professor Madhabi Chatterji explains how best to apply information from the adopted tests with a mind to their design and with close attention to their purposes, technical merits and limitations. The guide draws on best practice guidelines in the 2014 Standards for...

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In April, the College Board’s PSAT 8/9 test will replace the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress in math and English Language Arts, known as M-STEP, designed to measure how well students are mastering state standards. PSAT is the practice version of the SAT, which students take in the...

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Nebraska has set new requirements for teaching American civics in schools, allowing schools to choose from administering the naturalization test used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services once in the 8th grade and 12th grade, requiring students to attend or participate in a government...

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This report by New America analyzed professional teaching standards in all 50 states to better understand whether states’ expectations for teachers incorporate culturally responsive teaching. The review focused on the extent to which state standards explicitly address the eight CRT competencies of...

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee hosted a roundtable discussion on April 1 in Nashville, TN with more than 30 families, educators, stakeholders and elected officials to discuss the recently announced Education Freedom Scholarships policy proposal. The...

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