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What Governors Should Know About K-12 School Quality and the Economy

Education Next – Bruno V. Manno

“How can quality K-12 schools improve a state’s economy? Many people—including elected officials—don’t automatically make the connection between these two issues, though economic health and education are both top of mind for voters across the country, including those participating in this fall’s 36 gubernatorial races.” (more)

Have States Maintained High Expectations for Student Performance?

Education Next – Daniel Hamlin and Paul E. Peterson

“The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed into law in 2015, explicitly prohibits the federal government from creating incentives to set national standards. The law represents a major departure from recent federal initiatives, such as Race to the Top, which beginning in 2009 encouraged the adoption of uniform content standards and expectations for performance. At one point, 46 states had committed themselves to implementing Common Core standards designed to ensure consistent benchmarks for student learning across the country. But when public opinion turned against the Common Core brand, numerous states moved to revise the standards or withdraw from them.” (more)

What is your school doing to teach financial literacy?

E-School News – Robert Ward

“I believe personal finance should be part of every American’s lifelong learning plan, from elementary school through and into adulthood. It’s that important. In December, our center issued its third state-by-state report card on high school personal finance education. Report cards also were issued in 2013 and 2015. Our report cards are among several advocacy efforts. We believe strongly that financial literacy among Americans is linked to positive outcomes like wealth accumulation, stock market participation, retirement planning, and avoiding high-cost alternative financial services like payday lending and auto title loans.” (more)

States continue progress on financial literacy in schools

District Administration – Ray Bendici

“More than half of the states have earned passing marks for developing financially literate students, but nearly 30 percent of states scored a D or worse, according to the most recent National Report Card from the Champlain College Center for Financial Literacy. The survey assesses state (and Washington, D.C.) efforts to improve financial literacy in high school students and is meant to raise awareness about the importance of teaching the subject, says John Pelletier, director of the center.” (more)

What does Texas need to do to get its students ready for the world?

The Dallas Morning News – Eva-Marie Ayala

“State officials say they want engaged families, quality teachers and better access to opportunities for all students. But how does Texas get there? The State Board of Education has kicked off work to build Texas’ next long-range plan for public schools, which officials hope will be the blueprint that drives future policy decisions and even legislation. Texans who are gathering at a series of public forums on the plan agree, but they’re adamant that they want a plan with teeth, too, to make sure kids are ready for life after high school, whether that be in college or a career.”(more)

Does Your State Provide Good Data On Your Schools? Probably Not

NPR – Elissa Nadworny

“So you’re trying to find some information about the schools in your community. Did students perform well on tests? How many students in a school are from low-income families? What’s the demographic breakdown? Most folks would start to look for this by searching the web. But, depending on the state you live in, finding that information can be a real challenge. That’s according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign. Analysts there spent 100 hours last summer looking at annual report cards put out by all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”(more)