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Samantha Bearface, a 5th grader at Willamina Elementary School in Willamina, Ore., participates in a spelling lesson. In an effort to lower chronic absenteeism among its Native American elementary school students, the district worked with the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde to hire a coordinator who worked with families to address transportation, bullying, and other issues that were keeping kids out of school.
—Leah Nash for Education Week

Schools Mount Fight Against Chronic Absenteeism

Pressure to cut the rates of student absences will ramp up as most states use attendance in some form in new accountability plans. (October 17, 2017)

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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The Accountability Push in Virtual Learning
Our guests discussed why accountability is so important for virtual schools, what those schools are doing to ensure high-quality learning for students, and what challenges they face in meeting that goal.

ESSA Plans: Explainer and 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 Sept. 22, 2017)

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A Senate confirmation hearing for Pres. Trump's nominee to oversee K-12 policy turns into a debate over how well Betsy DeVos is overseeing ESSA implementation.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
A Florida study urges caution in taking advantage of ESSA's new flexibility on state testing.
February 7, 2018 – Education Week
States need to take bold steps to create a more conducive climate for school improvement in the nation as a whole to get off the track of mediocrity, researchers, analysts, and educators say.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
School finance and policy changes driven by the Every Student Succeeds Act are on the horizon as all but three state legislatures go into full swing this month.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week
Two years after the Every Student Succeeds Act passed, few seem eager to let districts give a nationally recognized college entrance exam in place of the state assessment for high school accountability.
January 17, 2018 – Education Week
Those overseeing state education departments cope with staff and budget pressures even as they welcome new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
November 29, 2017 – Education Week
The Florida private schools that last year collected $825 million in taxpayer-funded vouchers and scholarships have few requirements for informing the public on how they are serving students.
November 15, 2017 – Education Week
Some civil rights advocates look askance at Arizona's plan to weigh test scores differently depending on how long a student has been at a particular school.
November 1, 2017 – Education Week
State report cards, the much-maligned and politically fraught web portals for conveying how schools stack up, are set for a head-to-toe makeover, both in how they look and the information they provide.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week
Some advocates worry that goals states have set under the Every Student Succeeds Act won't move the needle for students with disabilities who have long struggled with low achievement.
October 25, 2017 – Education Week

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