Chronic absenteeism

Posted June 5, 2017

How States Are Approaching School Accountability

For the most part, what states measure for school quality has already been decided by federal law under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Every state,…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 16, 2017

Parents Can’t Just Use Test Scores to Choose a School. They Need the Whole Story.

Whenever parents would get into a discussion about “good schools” and “bad schools,” I would urge them to look beyond the simple rankings of test…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Apr. 14, 2017

Touchdown, Colorado! A School Rating System That Gets the Basics Right

So far, watching state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans roll in has been a bit like rooting for the Washington Redskins (or, if you…

By David Griffith

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Posted Apr. 7, 2017

When “Accountability” Is No Longer Accountability

As an early participant in the movement to bring greater accountability to education, I have always thought that the work of accountability would be in…

By Sandy Kress

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Posted Oct. 28, 2016

It’s Hard to See the Progress in Bill de Blasio’s School Reforms Because There’s Been None

In January 2013, just before Bill de Blasio was sworn in for his first term as New York City’s mayor, a reporter asked him what…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016

ESSA Is Not About Leaving the Babies Behind

Ask any public school parent—including me—about what happens when your child is in the earliest elementary grades, and you may get an earful about what…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 30, 2016

5 Ways Schools and Communities Can Support Homeless and Foster Care Youth

The experiences of homeless students are often rendered invisible. Students often hesitate to share that they are homeless due to fear of being stigmatized or…

By Justin Lang, David J. Johns

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Posted Aug. 3, 2016

Here’s How We Keep Kids in School and Stop Chronic Absenteeism

Each year, the best part of my job is shaking the hands of our almost 8,000 high school graduates. I get to meet amazing students…

By S. Dallas Dance, David J. Johns

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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