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March 1, 2019
State sends $27.5 million to Chicago to boost school improvement plans
Struggling schools designated as “underperforming” or “lowest performing” in the Illinois Schools Report Card are eligible for additional state money.
January 16, 2019
New York is about to release a new list of struggling schools. Here’s what you should know.
As the state is set to release the new ratings, here’s what you should know about the new system.
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.
December 19, 2018
Memphis and Nashville put on notice about which schools could face state takeover in 2020
In one of her final acts as Tennessee education commissioner, Candice McQueen has identified nearly 20 schools that could require the most drastic state interventions…
Achievement School District
December 5, 2018
McQueen: More school takeovers ‘most likely’ coming to Memphis and Nashville
Tennessee's outgoing education chief says she'll recommend more takeovers to the next governor, unless there's significant improvement.
December 4, 2018
How is your school rated on academics and attendance? Use Tennessee’s new report card to find out
Tennessee releases its redesigned state report card, ushering in a new era of transparency under a new federal law.
Follow the ratings
November 16, 2018
Illinois education officials laud their school ratings — but critics say they don’t go far enough
A new nationwide report criticized Illinois' rating system, even as officials lauded it.
November 15, 2018
Report: Colorado takes a hands-off approach when schools don’t serve students well
The Collaborative for Student Success evaluated the implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act plans in 17 states, including Colorado.
November 13, 2018
In a shift, more education reformers say they’re worried about schools’ focus on testing
The pervasiveness of the complaints about testing was striking.
the school improvement industry
October 29, 2018
Private groups have long tried to help turn around struggling schools. But it’s not clear if they’re doing any good.
There's little evidence on whether that school improvement industry, paid for by taxpayers, is actually boosting student learning, according to a new study.
September 26, 2018
These Memphis schools now risk a state takeover
A look at the state’s new criteria for when to step in to improve schools provides some clues about which ones are under consideration.
September 19, 2018
Struggling Tennessee schools find out Friday if they could face state intervention
The "priority school" list will be the first since 2014 and will chart state improvement strategies, investments, and interventions.
September 14, 2018
New York officials soften potential penalties for schools where many students opt out of tests
Under the initial rules, districts that had high opt-out rates for five years could have to set aside Title I funding, which is earmarked for high-poverty schools.
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September 13, 2018
New York bans the use of federal, state money to buy guns for schools
New York will not allow schools to use federal or state money to buy guns, according to a memo sent Wednesday by state…
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.
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