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August 13, 2019
State officials: No A-F letter grades for Michigan schools by Sept. 1
A new law requires the Michigan Department of Education to issue letter grades by Sept. 1, but that isn't going to happen, officials say.
July 9, 2019
Chicago is changing its elementary school ratings. Here’s why educators are watching closely.
The idea is to hold elementary schools responsible for preparing students for the next level, just like the ratings policy attempts with high schools.
June 26, 2019
Chicago school board approves new school ratings scale despite complaints and confusion
Board members complained that they hadn’t known about the need for approving a new formula and felt pressed toward a decision.
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June 24, 2019
Chicago school board weighs changes to controversial school rating policy
The ratings, which provoke a lot of angst in the district, are heavily reliant on test scores, and factor strongly into families’ enrollment choices.
April 26, 2019
Beyond test scores: Colorado experiments create alternatives for rating schools
A coalition of rural Colorado districts has spent four years building a parallel, unofficial school improvement system that looks beyond test scores and seeks to…
February 6, 2019
A new plan could drop test scores and graduation rates from Indiana high school grades
Rep. Bob Behning, chairman of the committee, said the bill was intended to give the Indiana State Board of Education more leeway in designing the school rating system.
January 24, 2019
Rise & Shine: Study says Michigan is ‘dead last’ for school funding growth
Rise & Shine is Chalkbeat’s morning digest of education news. Subscribe to have it delivered to your…
January 15, 2019
Concerned with state A-F grading system, Vitti says he’ll lobby for Detroit to keep its own plan
Detroit school leaders are adding a new twist to the pushback against the newly-enacted A-F letter grading system for Michigan schools.
January 9, 2019
Could Michigan’s new A-F law cost the state federal funding?
It's been controversial from the start. But now there are questions about whether Michigan's new A-F law could cost the state federal funding.
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December 3, 2018
Lame-duck lawmakers could derail improvement-focused A-F rating system planned for Detroit
A bill that would require an A-F school letter grade accountability system in Michigan would put a halt to plans currently being developed in Detroit that were also required by state law.
October 18, 2018
It’s not just the governor’s race. Here’s what Tennessee’s big legislative turnover could mean for education.
This year's large number of legislative departures, especially by House education leaders, leaves a void waiting to be filled.
September 17, 2018
Adams 14 pledges ‘transformational change’ as Colorado revisits school improvement plans
The Colorado State Board of Education plans to hold hearings in November for one school district and three schools that have not shown enough improvement.
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.
September 5, 2018
One state, three lists of troubled schools — another consequence of Tennessee’s testing mess
After months of talks, federal and state officials come to terms on how to address Tennessee's lowest-performing schools in light of TNReady problems.
Highs and lows
August 27, 2018
Some Colorado schools brace for state intervention, while others cheer their progress
The next few years will serve as an ongoing test of how well this system of carrots and sticks works to help long-struggling districts.
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