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    The Foundation for Excellent Education has just released a landscape analysis of all 50 state ESSA state plans. The analysis found these key trends across the state ESSA plans:

    Summative ratings: In 44 states and the District of Columbia, schools will earn a summative rating. In 14 of those states, schools will earn an A-F letter grade.
    Student outcomes: In 32 states, student outcomes account for 80 percent or more of a school’s summative rating for elementary schools. In 22 states, it’s 90 percent or above.
    Minimum N: All states plan to use a minimum N-size of 30 or less; 39 states and the District of Columbia plan to use 20 or less.
    Measuring student growth: Although all but two states will measure individual student growth, fewer than half the states will incorporate criterion-based growth models that hold schools accountable for ensuring that students progress each year toward reaching proficient or advanced achievement before graduation.
    Interventions: Most states lack a rigorous approach to school turnaround and fewer than half will use competitive grants to leverage federal school improvement fund.

    The analysis is attached and also online http://www.excelined.org/edfly-blog/just-released-50-state-essa-plan-landscape-analysis/

    Check it out.

    Candace Cortiella
    The Advocacy Institute

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    See, in particular, the graph on page 10 that lays out the minimum subgroup (N-size) that each state is using for accountability. The 8 states using an N-size of 30 (CA, KS, MI, MO, NY, NC, TN, and VA) educate 32 percent (1,871.1 million of 5, 932.5 million) of all students with disabilities ages 6-21 in the U.S. At least half of students with disabilities in these states will be left out of the accountability system due to this N-size.

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