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September 5, 2019
‘Someone needs to be fired,’ says lawmaker about letters sent to Tennessee school parents
Letters being distributed to families in dozens of Tennessee schools are creating a stir among education advocates.
August 26, 2019
Denver, Aurora high schools face potential state action under 2019 preliminary ratings
The Colorado Department of Education on Monday released preliminary school and district ratings that are largely based on state tests that students took last spring.
August 20, 2019
Raising the bar or moving the goalposts? Changes pending for Colorado school rating system
It could soon be harder for Colorado schools to earn the state’s top ratings.
June 26, 2019
Chicago school board approves new school ratings scale despite complaints and confusion
Board members complained that they hadn’t known about the need for approving a new formula and felt pressed toward a decision.
March 1, 2019
State sends $27.5 million to Chicago to boost school improvement plans
Struggling schools designated as “underperforming” or “lowest performing” in the Illinois Schools Report Card are eligible for additional state money.
December 21, 2018
These were our 10 most-read Chicago education stories in 2018
From a principal’s first-person column on personalized learning to a profile of a teen struggling to read, these were our most-read stories of the year.
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November 16, 2018
Illinois education officials laud their school ratings — but critics say they don’t go far enough
A new nationwide report criticized Illinois' rating system, even as officials lauded it.
October 16, 2018
Closure is still an option, but a new approach will let struggling Denver schools make their case
The changes mean the board will have more options and more discretion.
2018 SPF ratings
October 12, 2018
Fewer Denver schools earn top ratings as the district raises the bar for quality
Now, to get the district's highest ratings, schools need to show that more of their students can read, write, and do math at grade level.
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September 21, 2018
5 tough questions a new report puts front-and-center for Chicago’s next mayor
Faced with an alarming report that lays bare shrinking enrollment and racial inequity, Chicago Public Schools must wrestle with some tough decisions.
Updated May 15, 2018
It’s official! Results from Tennessee’s ugly testing year won’t count for much of anything
Tennessee teachers and school districts can decide how to use this year’s standardized test results and won’t suffer consequences if the scores aren't good.
February 16, 2018
After criticism, Denver will change the way it rates elementary schools
The changes will lessen the impact of early literacy test scores on a school’s overall rating.
Updated December 15, 2017
Civil rights and community groups: Adjust inflated Denver elementary school ratings
“Parents rely on the accuracy of the district’s school rating system, and providing anything short of that is simply unacceptable."
December 4, 2017
Why Denver’s school rating system is coming under fire on multiple fronts
Some say the system is making bad schools look good. Others say the opposite.
November 16, 2016
Which Denver schools are falling short on the school district’s new equity rating?
The rating takes into account test scores and graduation rates of students of color, low-income students, English language learners and special education students.
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