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Data Loom Large in Quest for New School-Quality Indicator
By Daarel Burnette II
States scrambling to come up with
more nuanced ways to measure school
quality under the new federal K-12
law are running smack into an old
problem: how to make sure they have
the right data.
The Every Student Succeeds Act
requires that states-in addition to
using English-language proficiency,
graduation rates, and scores on statewide achievement tests-add at least
one new indicator of school quality
or student success, such as school climate, chronic absenteeism, discipline,
or college and career readiness.
For many states, adding that new
indicator may mean spending more on
data systems and collection, avoiding
approaches that might demand too
much of a data lift, or picking something off the shelf rather than crafting
a more challenging indicator, because
the information isn't easily available.
Complicating the matter, the law
requires that the data for the new
school-quality indicator must be valid,
reliable, and comparable across districts, and that officials be able to
break out the information by student
That presents a challenge for state
education agencies that want to pick indicators that use classroom observations
or teacher and parent surveys to measure schoolwide indicators. Those might
include whether parents feel engaged or
if teachers are participating in effective
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Detroit District Splits
To Shore Up Schools
By Corey Mitchell
Special Reports Have Prime Place as Education Week Evolves
One of the nation's most troubled school districts is
Under controversial legislation pushed by Michigan
Gov. Rick Snyder, the Detroit school system is now divided into two separate entities: a new district tasked
with educating the city's 46,000 regular public school
students; and the old district, left intact solely to pay
off hundreds of millions
lions of dollars in debt.
Detroit is probably the ﬁrst school system in the nation to adopt the approach, said Michael Grifﬁth, a
senior school ﬁnance analyst with the Education Commission of the States.
The change is meant to allow the new district to devote more of its money to educating students. Under
the old system, nearly $1,100 per student in state
funding went toward retiring the district's crushing
Alyssa Schukar for Education Week
Dose of Empathy Found
To Cut Suspension Rates
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Betty Torres, a high school senior from Mission, Texas, talks with fellow
Rob Schaefer, from St. Louis, on the University of
Notre Dame campus. Both are in a summer program that acquaintss academ
academically promising high schoolers with college life.
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By Sarah D. Sparks
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"R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Find out what it means to me."
In schools working to reduce suspension rates, teachers could take a cue from Aretha Franklin: Considering
how young people view respect can greatly improve
classroom management, new studies show.
A one-time intervention to help teachers and students empathize with each other halved the number of suspensions at ﬁve diverse California middle
schools, and helped students who had previously been
suspended feel more connected at school, according to
Stanford University research published in April in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
"Changing the mindset of one teacher can change
the social experience of that child's entire world," said
Summer Programs Help Students Like Betty Torres
the Leap to Higher Ed.
By Catherine Gewertz
South Bend, Ind.
Betty Torres did her best to be brave
as she packed up to leave her workingclass Texas border town. An academic
powerhouse at 16, she felt ready for her
summer courses at elite colleges in New
England and the Midwest. But when her
dad left her at the airport in San Anto-
nio, she crumpled a little in
"He waited in thee airpo
airport until I got
through security. I could
se him from the
'Oh no, Dad, don't
other side. And I went,
leave me!' " the rising
ng high school senior
recalled, putting herr hand
han on her heart
arted having second
and laughing. "I started
Second thoughts like:
How am I going to
do this? I'm a Latina
a from a humble fam-
ily; will I ﬁt in? Can I handle the workload? Will I get lost?
Eating breakfast in a noisy dining hall
at the University of Notre Dame the
following week, in late June, Betty had
regained her trademark cheerful composure. The aspiring neurologist had
FAFSA: Will earlier filing mean quicker
financial-aid decisions? PAGE 14
By Christina A. Samuels
K-12 IN THE CAMPAIGNS
Dig into where presumptive Democratic and Republican
presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump
stand on education issues as Education Week gets ready
to cover the party conventions. PAGES 22 AND 23 >
Put Some Parents in Squeeze on Spec. Ed. Rights
Kerrigan was concerned,
gh not alarmed, when her daughter
ma was identiﬁed as having dyslexia
as a 1st grader.
of two, Kerrigan had stretched
budget to buy a home in an affluent
r of Cleveland, in large part because
of the quality of the school district. The
teachers there would certainly be qualiﬁed,
she thought, to help her daughter overcome
her struggles with reading and math.
But to get the help she felt her child
needed, Kerrigan said she had to make
a choice she had never considered-and
which would require her to give up some
protections under federal education law.
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In her public school, Emma repeated
1st grade, but was still behind. One
school year turned into two, and then
three. By 4th grade, Emma was years
behind her peers academically, with
the district saying that things were just
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Education Week - September 7, 2016
Education Week - September 7, 2016
Are Dual-Enrollment Programs Being Oversold?
Inclusive Classes Have Downsides, Researchers Find
For New Kindergartners, a Whirlwind Introduction
Tax Boosts to Aid K-12 Up for Vote
News in Brief
Amid Shortage Fears, States Ease Teacher-Licensing Rules
Rating Materials for Reading
Longer Day, Year Required for Many Head Start Programs
DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Parent Group Sees Education Technology ‘Threats’
Draft ESSA Funding Rules Unveiled
Trump Taps Indiana Lawmaker’s Staffer To Craft Plan on School Choice
Amid School-Closure Worries, Mich. Lists Low-Performers
NICHOLAS C. DONOHUE: Don’t Fix High Schools, Transform Them
BARBARA DUFFIELD: How ESSA May Help Homeless Students
NITA LOWEY: ‘Books, Not Bullets’
T opSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
ALFIE KOHN: Bullying the Bully
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - Tax Boosts to Aid K-12 Up for Vote
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 2
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - Contents
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - News in Brief
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 5
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - Rating Materials for Reading
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - Longer Day, Year Required for Many Head Start Programs
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - DIGITAL DIRECTIONS: Parent Group Sees Education Technology ‘Threats’
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 9
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 10
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 11
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 12
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 13
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 14
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - Trump Taps Indiana Lawmaker’s Staffer To Craft Plan on School Choice
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - Amid School-Closure Worries, Mich. Lists Low-Performers
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 17
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - BARBARA DUFFIELD: How ESSA May Help Homeless Students
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - NITA LOWEY: ‘Books, Not Bullets’
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - Letters
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 21
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - T opSchoolJobs Recruitment Marketplace
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - 23
Education Week - September 7, 2016 - ALFIE KOHN: Bullying the Bully
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