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After scores fall, focus on Common Core impacts TCAP results

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Aspire's focus on Common Core State Standards (CCSS) creates misalignment with Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) after state switches from CCSS assessment back to TCAP. "Tennessee had planned to begin using PARCC, an online test tied to the Common Core standards, rather than TCAP, starting this school year. Rather than spending a single year after the takeover at Hanley preparing students for TCAP, Aspire’s school leaders went all in with PARCC preparation. Then the state’s legislature voted last spring to require the state to administer TCAP in 2014-15, and to reevaluate whether to use PARCC at all."

Big part of Memphis' future wrapped up in test scores coming out this week

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The state Department of Education is kicking out a cache of test score data Tuesday that could say more about the future of Memphis than anything the City Council will do this year.

Launch of the CA K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative!

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To get a jump-start on the implementation in California of the Next Generation Science Standards, eight school districts and two charter management organizations (CMOs) have been selected to participate in the California K-8 NGSS Early Implementation Initiative.

Graduating Against the Odds

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Aspire alumna Carlene Ervin noted in this piece about inspiring graduates.

How Charter Schools are Developing their own Software

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A look at how charter schools are developing their own software.

Co-location and Places where Partnerships have Worked

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A look at different partnerships that exist with school systems throughout the country.

30 Days of Grads

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Four Aspire graduates featured in this series on inspiring charter school graduates.

Beyond Satisfactory: Redefining Teacher Support

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The Education Trust—West releases initial findings from a two-year study examining innovative teacher evaluation systems in a new report titled, Beyond Satisfactory: Redefining Teacher Support and Evaluation to Improve Teaching and Learning. The report reveals that teachers and administrators generally experience the evaluation process as an objective and constructive opportunity to reflect on and improve their instruction in order to best serve all students. The report also highlights promising practices, and it offers recommendations for improving teacher evaluation and support in California.

Aspire Celebrates 15th Anniversary

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Aspire Public Schools will celebrate the organization’s 15th anniversary this month.

Oakland Teacher Receives Fishman Prize

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Aspire ERES 4th grade teacher Laura Strait was one of four winners for the 2014 Fishman Prize for superlative classroom practice.

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