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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.

 State Chiefs’ ESSA accountability pledge: ‘There will be no backpedaling’

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.

U.S. high school graduation rate hits record high

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.

In big shift, Regents vote to exclude state tests from teacher evals until 2019

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.

Chicago teachers approve call to strike as contract talks stall

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.

Education spending slated for $1.2 billion boost in Congressional budget deal

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.

Opinion: New K-12 education law leaves schools behind

From Hechinger Report: Another opinion on ESSA – this one arguing that the law does protect vulnerable students.

The president just signed a new ed law that teaches the naysayers a thing or two

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.

How Congress finally killed No Child Left Behind