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K-12 education resources

The following resources focus on the educational climate and betterment of those serving the K–12 educational community.

Charter Schools in New York Can Now Certify Their Own Teachers  This is likely the first time a charter school authorizer has allowed the schools it oversees to certify their own teachers, according to the National Association of Charter School Authorizers. (Education Week)

How Chicago Public Schools Made the Leap  Thirty years after being labeled the worst school district in the nation and after two decades of fiscal crisis, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has shown remarkable success. High graduation rates, academic growth, and performance of low-income students are just a few of CPS’ gains that are highlighted by independent studies. Which factors contributed to these leaps? (Joyce Foundation)

Kindergarten Tools Begin to Shape Instruction  Schools are looking for ways they can use kindergarten entry tools to tailor classroom practices with children’s academic, social, and physical development needs in mind. Many schools are looking to kindergarten readiness tools to help educators better serve their students. (Education Week)

ESSA: A Better Recipe for School Quality  In a two-minute video, Stand for Children Illinois unpacks the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and explains what it means for parents and students. (Stand for Children Illinois)

State Leaders and Early Ed Experts Collaborate on Strengthening K-3 Policies  This Ed Note blog post comes from Kristina Mageau, a communications specialist, and Louisa Diffey, a policy researcher, both at Education Commission of the States, and recaps the K-3 State Policy Academy.

California – Until Poverty Eliminated, Schools Won’t Graduate 100 Percent of Students, Expert Says  California has made higher graduation rates one of its key measures for assessing school performance as part of its new accountability system. Graduation rates have increased steadily in California in recent years, now reaching an average of 83.2 percent for the class of 2016. (EdSource)