Accountability

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

California Education Must Seize Chance to Be Better

While it is positive that California “has established college-ready standards and high-quality and aligned assessments” and has “adopted rigorous academic goals,” Faith and Education Coalition Leadership Advisory Council member Yvette Santana still has concerns about the Golden State’s education system. She believes the state’s new education accountability…

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How to Avoid Accountability Mistakes of NCLB for Students of Color

Derrell Bradford, executive director of the New York Campaign for Achievement Now (NYCAN), writes on The 74 that the “ongoing tensions in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act” and concerns “that a provision requiring the disaggregation of student data—for minority students in particular—will…

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ESSA Plan Delays = Talk, But No Action, for Lowest Performing Schools

The 74’s Laura Greanias reports on how there has been “a lot of talk but little action from Los Angeles and California education officials when it comes to supporting the lowest-performing schools.” This is due, at least in part, to the state Board of Education’s…

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Lone Star State Gets “Green Light” on ESSA Plan

Alyson Klein reports that Secretary DeVos has given “a stamp of approval” to Texas’ ESSA plan. Klein also writes that an “independent review of ESSA plans by Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success noted that Texas’ long-term goals expected graduation rates for white…

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Ed Tech Also “Fares Well” in Spending Bill

According to EdScoop’s Patience Wait, another financial winner in the recently passed budget bill is ESSA’s Education Innovation and Research grant program, which “will receive $120 million this year, up from $100 million last year, but lower than the $180 million it once received annually…

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NGSS Outlines Stem Funding in Budget

Next Generation Science Standards takes a deep dive into the federal budget to see how STEM programs make out in terms of funding for the next fiscal year. They report that “STEM advocates are celebrating increased funding for programs and initiatives in” ESSA, several of…

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How ESSA Can Support SEL

“Although student achievement in core subjects is commonly used to define success,” writes Laura Ascione in eSchool News, “more educators agree that student success also depends on learning about intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies—commonly known as social and emotional learning, or SEL.”

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ESSA and the “Failed Promise of Local Control”?

ESSA “was supposed to unleash a wave of innovation by getting Uncle Sam off the backs of state and local educators and restoring local control,” says Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham in US News & World Report. “It doesn’t look like they are doing…

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So, About That Letter Grade Change…

According to Arika Herring at the Indianapolis Star, the Indiana Board of Education is putting the brakes on changes to its proposed A-F letter grading system for another year or more. Without moving forward with the new system, “schools will receive two letter grades—one state,…

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What the “Huge Hike” in ESSA Block Grant Funding Really Means

Education Week’s Alyson Klein reports that the massive spending bill signed into law on March 23 will provide more than a billion dollars to ESSA’s Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (a.k.a. Title IV of the law). This is an increase from $400 million in fiscal…

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Time for States to “Step Up” on ESSA

ESSA champions have “long argued” the law would “swing the pendulum of control back to the states and, by doing so, unleash the innovative potential of local leaders,” writes educator Sean Worley in The 74. Citing Check State Plans as evidence, Worley explains that “states have fallen…

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Debate Over School-by-School Spending Data in Empire State

Newsday’s John Hildebrand reports that ESSA’s requirement that districts “disclose per-pupil spending for each school worries many Long Island educational leaders, who said the data could well convince the public that some students are being shortchanged, even when this is not the case.” However, supporters…

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Editorial Board Upbeat on New State Reporting System

Washington State parents “have a great new tool for tracking how their public schools are succeeding—or failing—to close achievement gaps, graduate students and make other improvements,” says the Seattle Times editorial board. This new online framework—a result of the state’s ESSA plan—“focuses on data, showing…

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“What’s Up” With State Grad Rates?

“I guess it’s good news that Missouri’s graduation rate in 2017 was nearly 90 percent—higher than the national average,” writes Susan Pendergrass, director of education policy at the Show-Me Institute, in the Columbia Daily Tribune. “But have we really put those students on the ‘path…

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Districts “Raise Their Hands” for ESSA Funding Pilot

“Indianapolis, Puerto Rico, and three other school districts have applied to join the Every Student Succeeds Act’s weighted student-funding pilot during the 2018-19 school year,” writes Education Week’s Alyson Klein. “Participating districts can combine federal, state, and local dollars into a single funding stream tied…

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Achieve Digs in On ESSA Plans

Achieve has released three briefs examining different aspects of state ESSA plans. The briefs take a deep dive on state graduation rate goals, state academic achievement goals, and how states include measures of 9th grade performance.

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Are State Plans Promoting Equity & Opportunity?

On The 74, authors Martin Orland, James Cibulka, and Kenneth Wong conclude that, while they “can’t yet say whether the optimists or pessimists will prove to be more accurate regarding the implications of a retrenched federal role for our most vulnerable populations” under ESSA, what…

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The “Tricky Dance” Between Researchers and Educators

Education Week’s Sarah D. Sparks reports that, while “on paper” ESSA promotes partnerships between educators and researchers to more efficaciously use data and improve teaching, in reality, “researcher access to data has become an even more complex dance, with an unprecedented flow of education data…

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Florida-Federal Showdown?

Education Week’s Daarel Burnette II and Corey Mitchell report that Florida is under “intense scrutiny” from Democrats, civil rights groups, and federal officials for “how it plans to hold schools accountable for the achievement levels of historically disadvantaged student groups” under ESSA.

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DeVos to Mayors: Don’t Look to DC For Solutions on Education

In a speech last week in front of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos “issued a challenge” to “align your local classrooms with the rapidly changing economies around them.”

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The 74 Previews an Interesting Year for ESSA

The 74 is taking a look ahead to the 2018–2019 school year—and ESSA’s transition from planning to practice. They explore how, as a new Administration wrangles with enforcement, the new law is not a “footnote” from 2015, but rather a “2018 test,” when states will…

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Minnesota “Wins Federal Approval”

In the Austin Daily Herald, Solvejg Wastvedt reports that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Minnesota’s ESSA plan, under which the state “will evaluate schools on five factors: state test scores, how many students move up a level on state tests, graduation rates, progress…

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– Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (to West Virginia’s ESSA Plan)

According to West Virginia MetroNews’ Brad McElhinny, West Virginia’s final ESSA plan—recently approved by the U.S. Education Department—included several changes based on feedback from the federal agency, including how much weight the state “gives to different areas of its academic accountability system,” whether or not…

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NCLB + ESSA = State—But Not Local—Control

American Enterprise Institute’s Nat Malkus explains that the combined impact of NCLB and ESSA will be that, when it comes to education policy, the “reins” will be “firmly in state hands.” As a result, “many will have to adjust to these state differences” and undertake…

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Spending Study “Raises Red Flag” On ESSA School Comparisons

According to EdWeek Market Brief’s Michele Molnar, a new report from Allovue takes a look at school district spending patterns in the 2016 to 2017 school year, and highlights the challenges of tracking the “equitable use of resources across schools because of the way budgeting…

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