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Posted May 11, 2017

A Parent’s Guide to the Changes Coming to Florida Schools

Let’s just start with the bottom line: Florida lawmakers passed a big education bill Monday that is mostly good for kids: It protects recess for…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 5, 2017

Kentucky’s School Accountability Plan Lacks Parent Voice

At first glance, it would appear Kentucky’s plan for tracking school performance, and stepping in when needed, is pretty…‘agreeable.’ In a survey from each of…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

This Parent-Friendly Tool for Checking School Grades Could Go National

Do your kids go to a good school? “Good” depends on who you ask, of course, but if you’re interested in knowing how well a…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Apr. 14, 2017

Colorado’s ESSA Plan Doesn’t Quite Get All Kids Across the Goal Line

As Colorado updates its accountability system to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we have the opportunity to rethink how it provides both…

By Lisa Berdie

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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 Apr. 6, 2017

If You’re Weak on Opt-Out, You’re Weak on Accountability

Some states may be setting themselves up to fail. That’s my takeaway after reading through a summary of state education plans for dealing with schools that…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

His Students Didn’t Think You Could Be Black and a Principal. He’s Proving Them Wrong.

Last year as he was preparing to open a new middle school in Rhode Island, Osvaldo Jose Martí worked as an administrator first at Blackstone…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 30, 2017

Gov. Edwards Loses, Louisiana Will Soon Have to Tell the Truth About School Grades

Knowing how well a school is doing is some of the most important information we as parents can have. It offers a starting point for…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 30, 2017

Like Beyoncé, Charter Schools Are Evolving and Improving. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

Recent reports on the state of the sector from two major charter organizations—National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) and National Association of Charter School…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

By Anthony Grisillo

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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