School Quality

Posted June 8, 2017

Test Scores Are Important But I Wish Fordham Would Have Looked at What Else Matters to Parents and Community Members

One of the most important questions in education is: How will students and schools—district and chartered—be evaluated? While well intentioned, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s…

By Joe Nathan

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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 June 1, 2017

Before You Panic About Your High School Ranking, Find Out What the Data Really Says.

Oh, the angst that could be prevented by a bit of accurate data. One of my neighbors recently posted to our community Facebook group lamenting…

By Elizabeth Dabney

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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 Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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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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