2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools Announced

Congratulations to the 329 schools nationwide that have been recognized as "Blue Ribbon Schools" by the U. S Department of Education.

The recognition was announced recently by U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King. This is one of the most prestigious awards that can be bestowed upon a school and one that is coveted by schools districts and communities across the country. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized over 7,500 schools since its inception in 1982.

ESSA Requires Non-Academic Accountability Measures

The standards era in education has produced a plethora of "accountability measures" enacted by the federal government and state legislatures that have relied heavily, if not exclusively, on standardized test scores. Educators across the country have long yearned for the day when the measure of a school's success would go beyond the simplicity of standardized tests and include a broader and deeper consideration of the qualty of the school experience for every child. New federal legislation has opened the door to make that happen and broaden accountability.

Making the N Size Small is Big!

State departments of education across the country are engaging their constituencies in the concept of "N" size. N size refers to the minimum number of students required in a group before the group is used for accountability and reporting purposes. 

Changes on 2016 Ohio Report Card

When the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) releases the 2016 Local Report Card (LRC) in mid-September we will see a few changes that have been planned for several years. The biggest change will be that the 2016 LRC will assign A-F letter grades to the six (6) major components of the report card: ACHIEVEMENT, GAP CLOSING, K-3 LITERACY, PROGRESS, GRADUATION RATE AND PREPARED FOR SUCCESS. In this blog, I will break down how each of these letter grades are determined for each component. The ODE recently conducted a webinar to explain these changes and a copy of the PowerPoint from that presentation is below.

Every Student Succeeds Act Requires States to Rewrite Requirements

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)is the long awaited re-authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002. ESSA, signed by President Obama in December of 2015, returns a great measure of decision making along numerous measures of school success to state departments of education by updating and replacing President George W. Bush's signature education legislation. The following is an overview of just some of the areas that states will need to make decisions in order to set policy for the eventual implementation of ESSA beginning with the 2017-18 school year.

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