Accountability

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

Former Rep. Kline Discusses ESSA and Local Control

In The Hill, former Congressman and chair of the House Education Committee, John Kline, discussed how ESSA shifts “education authority and accountability out of Washington and back to the states, where it belongs.” He also cites Sec. DeVos’ recent comments that ESSA “essentially does away…

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Colorado Submits ESSA Plan to Dept. of Ed

Colorado submitted its ESSA plan to the Dept. of Education. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper commented that the state “looks forward to continuing the conversation with key partners to create a more equitable system for every student in Colorado and ensure that every student is college…

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Oregon Submits ESSA Plan to Dept. of Ed

Oregon submitted its ESSA plan to the Dept. of Education.

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The 74 Highlights 3 States That Included School Climate Surveys

The 74 identified three states, (Illinois, Nevada, and New Mexico) that included “school climate surveys as part of their fifth indicator accountability tool” in ESSA implementation plans. According to Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, “It’s not an easy thing to…

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NM Education Secretary Begins 8-City Tour

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera began an eight-city tour to gather public feedback on New Mexico’s ESSA implementation plan. Skandera’s goals are to close gaps in achievement and to improve the state’s education system. She added, “Proficiency rates dropped pretty exponentially when we shifted…

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KY Ed Commissioner Hosts Stakeholders to Discuss ESSA

Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt hosted stakeholders to discuss the state’s proposed accountability system under ESSA. A new dashboard system would measure “school’s outcomes based on proficiency, achievement gap closure, student growth, transition readiness and opportunity and access.” According to Pruitt, “the tone has actually…

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Education Week Develops ESSA Plan Tracker

Education Week developed a “Key Takeaways Dashboard” to track the details of states’ ESSA plans. The dashboard examines states’ overall goals, school ratings, academic indicators, school quality indicators, measuring groups, and opt-out testing. The page also provides direct links to states’ submitted draft plans.

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CASEL Releases New Policy Brief Assessing How States are Utilizing Social and Emotional Learning in ESSA Plans

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) released a policy brief examining how states are utilizing social and emotional learning in ESSA plans. The paper suggests five ways for states to successfully incorporate social and emotional approaches: Articulate a well-rounded vision of student…

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Ed Week Takes Deeper Look at Per Pupil Spending under ESSA

Education Week examined an ESSA provision related to per pupil spending. Some experts argue models for calculating per-pupil spending may no longer be valid, causing new challenges for states. While proponents of the measure believe that “school-level spending would show whether majority black, Latino and…

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Thomas B. Fordham Institute Praises DeVos for ESSA “State Plan Peer Review Criteria”

Brandon Wright of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute published an article praising Secretary Betsy DeVos for her ESSA “State Plan Peer Review Criteria.” According to Wright, the criteria encourage states to develop an accountability system that goes beyond just measuring proficiency. Through the use of…

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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 (5/1/17) Colorado: 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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