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Thompson: Draw a Line in the Sand with Chronically Absent Students

Would anyone in his right mind have supported NCLB without its provision allowing the exclusion of chronically absent students from school level accountability reports? If schools had not been allowed to exclude the test scores of students who missed 20% or more of class while trying to meet their growth targets, would there be a single high-poverty school in America that had not been labeled as a failure? Of course, some supported NCLB because it would produce an endless series of headlines about failing schools.
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Thompson: Accountability... For Attendance

Education / Education Industry News : This Week In Education (3 years ago)

I would like to offer a modest proposal for updating one part of NCLB’s accountability system: All roads to school improvement in the inner city must go through the family crises that cause chronic absenteeism. The John Hopkins Ever... Read Post

Thompson: Baltimore Super Half Right About Chronic Absenteeism

Education / Education Industry News : This Week In Education (2 years ago)

The Baltimore Sun story Absent, Suspended City Students Falling Further Behind on MSAs reports that Baltimore has reduced its chronic absenteeism rate but the achievement gap between students who miss more that twenty school days an... Read Post

‘Schools of Opportunity’ — a new project to recognize schools that give all students a chance to succeed

Industries / Education : The Answer Sheet (4 hours ago)

  We all know about the many efforts to rate and/or rank schools by student standardized test scores and other data points — but without any of the out-of-school factors that play an enormous role in how well young people fare acade... Read Post

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