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Meaning of measures
September 12, 2018
Passing schools, struggling students: Colorado reconsiders its formula for rating schools
The ratings formula ties into a long-running debate among testing experts about the value of measuring growth versus proficiency.
August 21, 2018
Chicago schools want to delay plan for tackling the gifted gap
Chicago Public Schools wants to delay for a year a plan to make gifted services available to more children outside of selected enrollment,…
August 20, 2018
4 ways to give people of color more voice in Chicago schools
The teachers, parents, and community members gathered in the library of National Teachers Academy quickly zeroed in on a common issue their schools…
July 26, 2018
Some teachers are spending their summer creating culturally relevant content
More than 400 educators came together at a summer institute to learn how to provide students with academic experiences that reflect the diversity of their schools.
July 25, 2018
Chicago schools pass $7.5 billion budget despite calls to halt vote
On Wednesday, the Chicago Board of Education voted to pass Chicago Public Schools’ $7.5 billion budget for the 2018-2019 school year, despite calls…
March 23, 2018
Colorado’s state-authorized charter schools could get more money next year
That’s one year before most other charter schools will see benefits from last year’s charter school funding equity bill.
March 21, 2018
During Memphis visit, former Newark schools chief touts ways to change student discipline
Cami Anderson is meeting this week with educators in Memphis as part of her Discipline Revolution Project.
year in review
December 21, 2017
How Colorado schools tried to close academic gaps in 2017
Denver Public Schools, which has among the biggest gaps in Colorado, made several changes.
October 10, 2017
Meet first Tennesseans in a new education leadership program for people of color
Organizers say the newest leadership development program is needed to better reflect the communities served by public schools, and convene diverse experienced leaders.
leveling the playing field
September 28, 2017
Amid questions and confusion, DPS axes advanced kindergarten program in bid for greater equity
Denver Public Schools is eliminating its advanced kindergarten program because of declining enrollment in the program and because it serves disproportionate numbers of white and higher-income students.
July 27, 2017
Yes, an A at one school may be a C at another. It’s time we address the inequity that got us there
Grades are different from school to school, district to district, and I suspect, state to state. And it presents a problem that cannot easily be solved.
May 17, 2017
A new study shows where people live — not school districts — is to blame for continuing segregation in Indiana
This is true even as Indiana sees a growing share of non-white students. IU conducted the study along with the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
November 23, 2016
My education career has focused on poor students of color. Why I’m rethinking that in the wake of Trump’s election
If America fails to provide everyone with an education that puts them on the path to prosperity, we all lose. People of color like me are likely to lose the most.
October 3, 2016
Metro State lands $8.5 million grant to expand work on equity issues
In Colorado, the center has helped the Adams 14 School District with improving its schools' culture.
Back to school
August 10, 2016
Why does Tennessee start its school year so dang early?
In recent years, students have returned to school earlier and earlier in August, with some districts now starting in July.
ESSA and Equity
August 4, 2016
Here’s how advocates for students of color want Tennessee to change its education rules
ESSA could offer a pivotal moment for students of color in Tennessee, depending on how the law is implemented.
July 20, 2016
Tennessee to cover ACT retakes for all students, but will it boost college access?
More Tennessee students soon will get the chance to retake the ACT test, which could mean the difference between a college scholarship or not going to college at all.
More than scores
July 20, 2016
Beyond test scores, Tennessee looks at how to evaluate districts and schools under ESSA
With the switch to ESSA looming, state leaders consider which metrics to include in the state's accountability plan.
Teaching with technology
July 12, 2016
Will this digital library be an equity game-changer for Tennessee schools?
Launched by the Tennessee School Boards Association, a new library offers free digital resources for 14 high school courses.
March 2, 2016
Tennessee coalition organizes to advocate for students of color
A new education advocacy coalition emerges from a meeting of 100 educators and civil rights leaders from across Tennessee in Nashville.
June 18, 2015
School board moves a step away from neighborhood middle schools in northwest Denver
DPS superintendent Tom Boasberg says the new zone will foster integration in the area.
May 7, 2015
Manual students consider pros and cons of sharing building with a middle school
DPS is requesting proposals for a new middle school to share the Manual High School building. A group of Manual students shared their opinions about the proposals.
Where We Stand
April 10, 2015
Report: Students of color still more likely to face harsh discipline in Colorado schools
Harsh disciplinary actions were less common in Colorado schools during the 2013-14 school year than in previous ones, according to a report.
December 10, 2014
Education nonprofit leadership and boards lag behind student population in diversity
Though nearly all education advocacy and reform nonprofits say they value diversity, fewer have taken concrete steps to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of their staffs, leadership, and boards, according to a new report from Education Pioneers and Koya Leadership.
August 20, 2014
High school admissions interviews perpetuate inequality, but they don't have to
Middle schools need to do everything possible to help students who come from low-income backgrounds prepare for high school admissions interviews, knowing they’ll be competing against students from middle- and upper-class backgrounds who often have more experience with high-stakes interviews.
February 21, 2014
Plans for selective school in Fairview building prompt questions about meeting needs of all students
Less than an hour after Shelby County Schools announced a new principal for its highly-anticipated new optional STEAM school in midtown Memphis, board members raised concerns about plans to require all students to meet a certain academic threshold to attend the school.
January 29, 2014
Nine thoughts on school closings from the chief of staff at Shelby County Schools
After a public hearing at Alcy Elementary School, Reginald Porter, Jr., the district's chief of staff and a former school board member, talked about what's coming up next for school closings and about how the district is trying to incorporate community feedback in its plans.
May 1, 2013
Inequities grew after city fixed Pearson's G&T screening errors
Pearson's errors when grading city students' screening tests for gifted programs did not affect all test-takers equally. Children in districts with many white and Asian families — who make up more than 70 percent of students in gifted programs, despite being just a third of the city's student population — were most likely to have learned that their score was higher than they had been told, according to data the Department of Education released today. The good news came much more infrequently in districts that are heavily black and Hispanic. The department announced nearly two weeks ago that Pearson, the testing company, had botched the scores of nearly 5,000 children who were screened for gifted programs. Instead of slightly fewer children qualifying than last year, as the department initially said had happened, children had met the eligible requirements at a record rate. Today, the department released an updated breakdown of where children qualifying for gifted programs live. The data reinforce the fact that the department's overhaul of the screening process — which included a test that was billed as harder to game — seems to have done little to chip away at longstanding inequities in the racial makeup of students in gifted programs.
April 28, 2011
More students tested for gifted and talented programs after push
A push to get more students to take the city's gifted and talented test this year paid off: over a thousand more students took the citywide admissions tests this year, with the overall number rising to 39,160 from 38,015 last year. But the outreach efforts did not increase the number of students admitted to the program's most selective citywide programs. In fact, the number of students who qualified for the citywide programs declined. The number of students who qualified for the less selective district-based gifted and talented programs, which require slightly lower test scores for admission, did increase, growing by 319 students from last year. The racial and family income backgrounds of the students whose test scores made them eligible for gifted and talented were not immediately available. The city sent letters to qualifying students this morning, whose families now get to list the programs they prefer and hope for a spot in the program of their choice. A place in the citywide programs is not guaranteed. Last year, 1,788 kindergartners qualified for about 300 seats. This year, the number of kindergartners making the cutoff is slightly larger, though the overall number of students who qualified for the citywide programs dropped by 149 students.
October 15, 2008
Presidency, principalship share leadership principles
The final debate before the presidential election is tonight, and though education has rarely reared its head this campaign season, educators have…
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