States have made progress on including more school and district data on public report cards -- a requirement under the Every Student Succeeds Act -- but more work is needed, according to a new analysis by the Data Quality Campaign. The analysis finds that 18 states still do not break out data for one or more student groups.
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About 20 states have included elements of personalized learning in their Every Student Succeeds Act plans, says Lillian Pace of KnowledgeWorks. Even so, Chip Slaven of the Alliance for Excellent Education says states' ESSA plans have not met overall expectations for innovation in schools.
School voucher programs may need to do more to inform parents of students of children with disabilities about potential changes to federal special-education rights when parents consider such programs, according to the Government Accountability Office. The study considered 27 private school-choice programs in 15 states.
The Indiana State Board of Education has revised high-school graduation requirements to stipulate that, besides completing a standard academic course load, students will demonstrate proof of both work-ready skills and postsecondary education plans. The latter plans can include a certain level of academic achievement, completion of a formal apprenticeship or an industry-recognized credential.
The on-time high-school graduation rate for the class of 2015-16 was 84.1% -- up from 83.2% the previous year -- according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics. Data show improvement among students of color, students with disabilities and students from low-income families, but some gaps still remain.
Fourth-grade students in the US slipped to the 16th spot on international rankings of reading comprehension, according to data from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. PIRLS also measured students' online reading skills, where data show US students scored above the international average.
NASBE policy update discusses what state boards need to lead for equity
For decades, state boards have been developing policies aimed at delivering a quality education to all students. Yet students still attend schools that often are still racially segregated and underresourced and receive instruction of uneven quality. A new NASBE policy update offers state boards a means to address disparities and inequities in education through structured discussions of equity, the achievement gap, and what state boards need to lead for equity and excellence.
NASBE computer science publications discuss standards and teacher prep
It's Computer Science Education Week! Check out this 2016 NASBE State Innovations piece highlighting Maryland and Arkansas, two states that stand out as leaders among the 26 states that are creating pathways specifically for preparing computer science teachers. A 2016 NASBE policy update also outlines what states need to consider as they develop computer science standards and improve instruction, highlighting several promising state efforts already underway.