Virtual School Meanderings

June 4, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature.

Worth A Read

States Struggle to Define ‘Ineffective Teachers’ Under ESSA

Posted: 29 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Daarel Burnette writes about teacher evaluations under ESSA. “About a third of the states have submitted their ESSA plans so far, and their approaches in this area vary widely.”

Beware of School Voucher Doublespeak

Posted: 25 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Tim Walker digs into a speech by Betsy DeVos that outlined her goals to shift massive amounts of taxpayer money away from public schools to private religious schools. “The intent is to obscure the fact that these spruced up proposals still produce the same result: less taxpayer money for public schools, more taxpayer money for unaccountable private schools that can, and do, discriminate.”

Improving Accountability Measurement Under ESSA

Posted: 24 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Matt Di Carlo discusses school accountability and non-tested indicators of school quality in the ESSA era. “There are no easy answers here, and non-test indicators are still something of a measurement frontier. But adopting non-test measures won’t be much of an accomplishment if we use them in the same misguided way we’ve been using test-based measures.”

Statement from Chiefs for Change on school choice

Posted: 21 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Chiefs for Change, a coalition of choice supporting, reform-minded state education Chiefs and district superintendents, issued a statement on the proposed federal expansion of school choice. The statement, while arguing for more choice, calls for improving the quality of choices available to students, equitable access for students, and equitable resources across.

Teacher Shortages: Top 10 Ideas from the First State ESSA Plans

Posted: 21 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Ellen Sherratt reviews state plans to address teacher shortages under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “As the remainder of states prepare to submit their plans in September, it will be interesting to see what other strategies emerge to address the critical challenge of teacher shortages. More important, it will be critical for states and stakeholders to reprioritize this issue — through task forces, bold policies, and innovative initiatives—once the ESSA plans dust has settled.”

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