Accountability

Below are the most recent news, reports, and recommendations relating to the ESSA and accountability.

D.C.’s Education Leaders Put Aside Differences to Improve Schools

This article was originally published on RealClearEducation. Last week, Washington D.C. education officials voted 6-3 to approve the District’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, the new federal legislation governing American education. For observers of political fights who are accustomed to seeing the…

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Ed Week Analysis Shows Common Indicators among State Plans

Education Week examined state’s submitted ESSA plans on gauging school performance. Three common indicators included (1) chronic absenteeism (CT, DC, DE, IL MA, TN); (2) college/career readiness (CT, DE, MA, NV, VT); and (3) 9th grade success (CT, IL, MA).

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Thomas B. Fordham Institute Raises Concerns over DC’s Proposed ESSA Plan

In an opinion piece, Michael J. Petrilli and Brandon L. Wright of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute raised concerns over the District of Columbia’s proposed ESSA plan. Petrilli and Wright argued that the District’s accountability plan doesn’t “do nearly enough for high achievers, especially those…

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Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Partner to Facilitate Independent Review of ESSA State Accountability Plans

Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success have partnered to assemble a group of 30 experts to independently review ESSA plans that have been submitted to the Dept. of Education. The goal of the group is “to look at whether states are going…

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Since April 3, a number of states have submitted their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Here’s a compiled list of the state plan submissions and the most recent draft versions states have released so far. Submitted Plans   Arizona: Submitted Plan (1/09/17) Connecticut: Submitted…

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State Plan Submissions – So Far

  On April 3, states began to submit their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. So far, here’s the coverage we’ve seen of those submissions: Connecticut: Dianna Wentzell, Commissioner of Education is looking forward to “the work ahead in ensuring all Connecticut…

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MI Dept. of Ed Submits Draft ESSA Plan to Gov. Snyder for Review

The Michigan Dept. of Education submitted its draft ESSA plan to Gov. Rick Snyder for a 30-day review process. Once the governor has reviewed the document, the plan will be sent to the U.S. Dept. of Education. According to State Superintendent Brian Whiston, the plan…

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NY Board of Regents Discusses Impact of Education Policy under ESSA

At their next meeting, the New York Board of Regents will “discuss how the state will reshape education policy” under ESSA.”  Members are scheduled to “provide direction to department staff.”

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Monday’s the Big Day: State Plan Submissions

In the past year, many experts and organizations have shared guidance on how states should think about creating their state plans and what key provisions they should be sure to include. In advance of the April 3 state plan submissions to the U.S. Dept. of…

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Colorado’s ESSA Plan Gets High Marks

This article was originally published on RealClearEducation. Thanks to an inclusive and well-designed approach, Colorado is among a small group of states that will meet an April 3 deadline to submit plans to implement new federal education legislation. Participants and outside observers have praised the…

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LA Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Endorses State’s Draft ESSA Plan

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education endorsed the state’s draft ESSA implementation plan. The board encouraged the Louisiana Dept. of Education to “submit the plan no earlier than April 15, 2017.”

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Real Clear Ed Highlights Colorado’s ESSA Plan

Real Clear Education highlighted the development of Colorado’s ESSA plan. According to Pat Chapman, executive director of federal programs for the Colorado Dept. of Education, “We have pledged that a year in, we’ll reconnect with people to see what’s working and what’s not,” and “that…

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Polikoff Stresses Importance of Accountability in Education System

Morgan Polikoff, education researcher and associate professor at USC’s Rossier School of Education, reflects on the importance of accountability in our education system and the need to stay the course as more education reforms may be on the horizon with a new Congress and new…

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DE Education Advocates Express Concern over 5-Star System

As Delaware officials continue to draft the state’s ESSA implementation plan, advocates are concerned over the “proposed use of a 5-star system to rate schools.” Opponents argued that the system “won’t provide a fair comparison of schools with different populations.” Supporters of the measure, including…

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Trump Repeals Dept. of Ed’s Teacher Prep and School Accountability Rules under ESSA

President Donald Trump repealed the Dept. of Education’s teacher preparation and school accountability rules under ESSA. Congressional Republicans argued “states should have more control over the classroom.” By signing the bills, President Trump has also prohibited future administrations from issuing the same rules.

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VT Scheduled to File ESSA Plan by April 3rd Deadline

Amy Fowler, deputy secretary at the Vermont Agency of Education, announced the state “stands to do well” under ESSA due to “new latitude and the administration’s more hands off approach.” Vermont is scheduled to file their ESSA implementation plan to the Dept. of Education by…

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MD General Assembly Submits Education Accountability Bill

The Maryland Legislature submitted a bill that would allow the state’s Board of Education to “determine how schools should be rated to determine performance.” The bill would “force the state board to reduce the weight given to standardized testing” and “prohibit the state from turning…

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MD Board of Ed Member Authors Piece on Lawmaker’s Efforts to Halt Installation of New School-Accountability System

Chester E. Finn, Jr., president emeritus of the Fordham Institute and vice president of the Maryland State Board of Education, authored an opinion piece on Maryland lawmakers’ efforts to “prevent the State Board of Education from installing a new school-accountability system that prioritizes pupil achievement…

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Ohio Listens and Delays Its ESSA Plan

This article was originally published on RealClearEducation. Making good on a promise to heed public input, Ohio’s top education official announced last week that he would delay submitting a federally-required education plan. “The submission of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) response should be…

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Real Clear Education Examines Ohio’s ESSA Submission Delay

Real Clear Education examined Ohio’s recent decision to delay the submission of their ESSA plan to the Dept. of Education. According to the piece, “In rare bipartisan fashion, state officials, educators and lawmakers from across the political spectrum agreed that a delay was in the…

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CAP Raises Concerns over Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget

Experts from the Center for American Progress posted a blog opposing President Trump’s 2018 federal budget. CAP said the budget “would dismantle public schools through massive cuts to teacher training, after-school programs in public schools, and transfers of public funds to private school vouchers.” They…

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CA Dept. of Ed Debuts “School Accountability Dashboard” Website

Under ESSA, the California Dept. of Education debuted a “school accountability dashboard” website. The page is designed to be a “one-stop comparison tool” for its “ability to highlight high-performing schools for best practices and low-performing schools that need the most help.”

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AFT Says Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget Will Negatively Impact ESSA

The American Federation of Teachers said that Trump’s budget “takes a meat cleaver to public education” with AFT President Randi Weingarten saying it will negatively impact ESSA’s Title I and Title II funding. Weingarten stated the plan “weakens federal support for job training and employment…

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IL State Board Approves ESSA Plan

The Illinois State Board of Education unanimously agreed to submit the state’s ESSA draft implementation plan to the Dept. of Education. According to Chicago Tonight, Board of Education spokeswoman Jackie Matthews commented “ISBE still has work to do to prepare the plan for the strongest…

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Ohio Delays Submission of ESSA Implementation Plan

Ohio School Superintendent Paolo DeMaria announced the state will delay the submission of their ESSA implementation plan until September. DeMaria told the state Board of Education the delay will give “greater unity and a clearer sense of direction.”

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