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How to Prepare for the ESSA Financial Transparency Mandate

Beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, all states and local educational agencies (LEAs) will be required to report per-pupil expenditure data at the school level as mandated by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The new ESSA financial...

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Double Dip: Easily Build District Scorecards with ESSA Data

There’s a growing trend in school districts to develop scorecards that track progress toward meeting Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). The progress reports can be used internally to help guide decision making or shared externally to communicate...

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A Closer Look: Dig Into District Scorecards for Fresh Perspectives

One of the must-see paintings when you visit the Art Institute of Chicago is A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by George Seurat.  This masterpiece from 1884 depicts people relaxing, strolling, fishing and sailing in a park on the picture's namesake...

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Student Performance Data Holds the Answers to Closing Achievement Gaps

I followed with interest a recent discussion on a Facebook page devoted to the school district in the town where I live. Commenters were very concerned that our high school had dropped a few slots in a statewide ranking. The most frequent...

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Data Refining: How to Organize Student Performance Data to Guide Curriculum Decisions

In the first few months of every new year, I notice a lot of articles with tips and tricks about how to organize belongings. I’m sure spring-cleaning advice is just around the corner. They’re popular topics because when our “stuff” is organized,...

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Redefining Ready: New Ways to Measure Student Progress at Every Level

The concept of Redefining Ready emerged from a national campaign spearheaded by AASA - The School Superintendents Association. Their motto is “Our students are MORE than a SCORE.” Instead of using standardized test scores as the primary indicator...

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Beyond ESSA: How to Drive Strategic Decisions by Tapping Required Student Data Measurements

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states the flexibility to chart their own paths about how to meet the requirements of the legislation. With plans due to the U.S. Department of Education in September 2017, schools will soon need to...

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Beyond Standard Test Scores: Measuring and Impacting College and Career Readiness

High school standardized test scores can be an important element in measuring student achievement as well as college and career readiness. However, depending on the exam and the timeframe within which it is taken, the results may leave little...

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