Assessment News Roundup – What We’re Reading 12/18/15
A weekly list of news and items of interest on the issue of K12 assessments.
From EdWeek: With states having more autonomy under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state superintendents pledge there will be no going backward on accountability.
From NPR: The Department of Education announced this week that the high school graduation rate reached 82 percent – an all-time high. NPR takes a look at the trend and the statistic.
From Chalkbeat New York: The New York Board of Regents voted this week to suspend the use of state test scores in teacher evaluations. The vote supported the recommendation of the state’s special task force on Common Core.
From the New York Times: This week the Chicago Teachers Union voted to authorize a strike, which paves the way for the teachers’ second walkout in four years.
From EdWeek: The draft budget bill moving through Congress boosts education funding by $1.2 billion – EdWeek outlines which programs are slated to receive more dollars.
From the Washington Post: Commentary questioning the aspect of ESSA that essentially returns power to the states on education and how that might have detrimental effects on the lowest-performing schools.
From Hechinger Report: Another opinion on ESSA – this one arguing that the law does protect vulnerable students.
In Case You Missed It
From Politico: Behind-the-scenes analysis of how ESSA resulted in a compromise despite the varying political views on education policy.