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All Grades Are Not Created Equally
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Mar 6, 1:06 PM:

OK considers restructuring school evaluation system to make grades more fair and less harsh. Shows that not all grading systems are created equal, but leaves out most details on how new system will be different.

Grad Rate Hot Potato
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Mar 6, 12:35 PM:

Logos Public Charter School faces difficulty of graduating students that are not suited for the school model. Acknowledges that graduation rates may not be completely accurate, but does not propose a reliable plan for actually >

Achievement Transparency
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Mar 5, 7:15 AM:

Opinion piece supports legislation that would make SAT and ACT data part of schools' report cards. Thinks this information will help public, parents have better understanding of students' college-readiness.

GO For Community Action
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Mar 4, 3:30 PM:

CA Great Oakland Public Schools releases academic performance report with the intent of increasing accountability and community involvement. While the sentiment is great, it leaves one questioning what will be done to actually >

Big Data, Meet Big Ed
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Mar 4, 12:17 PM:

Comprehensive K-12 student data systems offer promising tools to educators, and they're shaping up to be the story to watch at the SXSWedu conference in Austin. There's no way that big data will "save education in America", but >

NCLB Waivers Obscure Grad Rates
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Feb 13, 12:34 PM:

New study finds many states that received waivers from NCLB are not following federal rules for reporting graduation rates. It's strange that the waiver plans were approved if this is true, can't the feds enforce their own rules? >

VA Moves On Grading, Takeovers
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Feb 6, 7:16 AM:

State Senate passes state takeover and A-F grading of schools legislation. Opposition mainly from Dems, saying A-F grading just a gimmick & questioning what state will do differently than local boards. Would benefit from looking >

Testing Pushback
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Feb 4, 5:29 AM:

Well-known reformer goes on TV to promote new book. Addresses focus on standardized testing, which has increasingly come under fire as of late. Resistance to testing largely from unions. Rhee pushes back, emphasizing system too >

Closer To Grading VA Schools
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Feb 1, 6:03 AM:

Senate panel passes measure to assign schools A through F grades. Measure allowing state to take over continually failing schools also passed. Grades help parents & public understand school quality. No look outside VA though at >

Upset By School Closings
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Jan 30, 5:51 AM:

Protestors gather outside US DOE pushing for stop to school closings nationwide. Budget shortfalls, competition from charters cited as reasons for closures. Told little research exists on impact closings have on achievement, but >

Changing DC Grad Requirements
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Jan 25, 6:53 AM:

Board wants to increase PE, art, & music requirements. Concern rules would take away time for AP classes or extra help. Zero here on rationale behind proposal that's likely a result of recently released graduation rates.  >

Controversy Over Student Achievement
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Jan 25, 6:28 AM:

Changes to the way PA dept looks at charter data stirs controversy. Ignores debate about new data system, but focuses on series of events leading up to new measurements.

Growth And Gaps In Durham
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Jan 24, 4:59 PM:

NC schools noting some progress, but still behind on key issues. Graduation rates increasing, but reading levels still lagging behind. No mention of specifics as to what is the plan of action to correct course.

Grad Rates Just One Measure
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Jan 22, 6:30 AM:

National graduation rate is highest its been in 40 yrs. Lots of attention on formula changes, progress among demographic groups. Slight mention of economic impact, but nothing about global competitiveness or how quality of degree >

Graduation Uptick
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Jan 22, 6:21 AM:

National grad rate of 78.2% up about 3% from last year, but U.S. competitiveness still a concern. Offers explanations for uptick while emphasizing economic importance of graduating. Can't forget quality of degree, not just act of >

Common Core v. Indiana Standards
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Jan 17, 7:49 AM:

A state hearing on whether or not to keep the Common Core would have been a great opportunity to explore if the opponents of the new national standards are right about Indiana' s standards being better and providing insights into >

Common Core Questions
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Jan 15, 7:31 PM:

State senator wants IN to not use national Common Core Standards. He feels, as many opponents do, that original state benchmarks were higher. No explanation of whether or state standards were higher but both sides in debate are >

WVA’s New Gov on Reform
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Jan 15, 7:17 AM:

EIther Gov Tomblin didn't know what else the state has discussed to improve schools or he just didn't mention it, but he made education a priority at least, it was caught by the press and this suggests the Charleston Daily will >

Rethinking #1 Rating
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Jan 10, 6:06 AM:

MD rated number one again in Quality Counts report. But ratings include factors like school funding and teacher support. Doesn't it make more sense to rate states according to their outputs, not inputs? At least recognition here >

Grading Schools On Outputs
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Jan 10, 5:50 AM:

Parents of "well-regarded" Okla. school shocked by "C" grade from state. Explains states across nation starting to grade schools based on outputs, like progress among lowest performing students. Would've been perfect opportunity >

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