Accountability

The latest news about accountability, including articles, opinion essays, and special features.

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Absenteeism Driven by Virus Could Trip Up States on ESSA

School and district closures as a result of the new coronavirus has thrown a big, unforeseen roadblock into efforts to drive down rates of student absences. (March 12, 2020)

Spotlight on the Every Student Succeeds Act
In this Spotlight, see how accountability rules are shifting under the new administration, how states are developing new indicators for assessing school quality, and how teacher evaluation may change under ESSA.

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ESSA Plans: Key Takeaways From Each State
Here's a breakdown of what states and the District of Columbia plan to do with their new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act to set achievement goals and take other action in the area of school accountability. (Updated Oct. 4, 2018)

SPECIAL REPORT

Special Report: Putting ESSA'S Puzzle Together
This special report on the Every Student Succeeds Act offers a big-picture look at the state of play on ESSA nationally some three years after the federal K-12 law’s passage.

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ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Webinars
With ESSA, the federal education law that replaced No Child Left Behind, now in full effect, Education Week explores how states and districts are using it to transform and customize their education systems.

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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About ESSA?
What is the "Weighted Student Funding Pilot", how do select states plan to use Title II funding, and how does ESSA influence state flexibility in determining teacher evaluation criteria?

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The $13.5 billion in federal K-12 funding can’t just go toward stabilizing schools. It needs to go toward mobilizing them, writes Harvard researcher Thomas J. Kane.
April 29, 2020 – Education Week
Education Week finds that few of the nearly 30 states with programs that pay tuition at private schools or tax-credits to incentivize businesses and individuals to do so require private schools to follow standard policies used to ensure transparency and accountability in the nation’s public schools.
March 11, 2020 – Education Week
A little story out of Lexington, Ky., raises some big questions for K-12 districts to consider on how to handle ongoing murkiness over student privacy, open-records laws, and how candidates for school boards should best communicate with their constituents.
October 18, 2019 – Education Week
Here are eight concrete ideas from principals and other experts that school leaders can use to make their evaluations and observations of teachers meaningful, actionable, and low-stress.
October 16, 2019 – Education Week
California's proposed curriculum guide in ethnic studies is being sent back for substantial revision after a pileup of criticism that it's anti-Semitic and freighted with jargon and political correctness.
August 28, 2019 – Education Week
Education needs to stop going around in circles, writes Stanford’s Thomas S. Dee.
August 28, 2019 – Education Week
Julia Keleher, the former education secretary of Puerto Rico, has been arrested by federal agents in Washington on charges related to fraud and corruption, a U.S. attorney confirmed.
July 17, 2019 – Education Week
Studies Weekly's lessons had hundreds of examples of errors and racial bias, including activities calling indigenous people "troublemakers" and asking students to take the perspectives of slaveholders.
June 19, 2019 – Education Week
Most teacher prep programs don’t train teachers on the science of how to ignite students’ drive to learn. Some schools of education are aiming to change that.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Over two years, 27 communities have split from their home districts, and the new districts are mostly wealthier, whiter, and more property-rich than the ones left behind.
April 26, 2019 – Education Week

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