Virtual School Meanderings

February 5, 2017

Worth A Read

Another regular Sunday feature.

Worth A Read

See How States Plan to Approach Equity

Posted: 01 Feb 2017 09:00 PM PST

Alyson Klein discusses how state education chiefs plan to improve equity for all students under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a list of recommendations. “The recommendations are the culmination of months of work by state chiefs, district leaders, civil rights advocates, and others. They outline 10 areas state leaders can focus on to champion equity, including more specific steps within each of those buckets. State leaders may not decide to push on all 10 of these areas at once—instead they may decide to pick two or three to focus on initially.”

TN teachers’ job satisfaction linked to performance scores

Posted: 31 Jan 2017 09:00 PM PST

Joan Brasher reports on recent evidence on the relationship between teacher performance ratings and teacher job satisfaction. Researchers found that higher ratings under Tennessee’s new teacher evaluation system causally improved teachers’ perceptions of work relative to lower ratings. “In a full report of the study’s findings, published by American Educational Research Journal, the researchers say there could be several reasons that teacher evaluation scores affect job satisfaction.”

School choice shouldn’t take away our neighborhood schools

Posted: 30 Jan 2017 09:00 PM PST

Andre Perry writes about schools in New Orleans, where the five remaining public schools will become charters. “New Orleans knows too well how to learn in segregated, independent schools. But of all the systems New Orleans should try to make successful, neighborhood schools is the one we’ve never had.”

How are middle school climate and academic performance related across schools and over time?

Posted: 30 Jan 2017 09:00 PM PST

This study, using grade 7 student data from California middle schools, explored the relationship between school climate and academic performance. Key findings include: “(1) middle schools with higher levels of positive student-reported school climate exhibited higher levels of academic performance; (2) increases in a school’s level of positive student-reported school climate were associated with simultaneous increases in that school’s academic achievement; and (3) within-school increases in academic achievement associated with school climate increases were substantially smaller than the academic performance differences across schools with different school climate levels.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act: A 101 Guide

Posted: 30 Jan 2017 09:00 PM PST

Rick Hess and Max Eden introduce a series of briefs on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “The goal of these briefs is to introduce ESSA’s broad contours, not to provide comprehensive explanations of the law’s intricacies and ramifications. For the latter, readers will be better served by consulting the full volume.” Authors included in the series include: Patrick J. McGuinn, Jeffrey R. Henig, David M. Houston, Melissa Arnold Lyon, Charles Barone, Martin R. West, Chad Aldeman, and Arnold F. Shober.

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