At-Risk Student Groups

Below are the most recent news, reports, and recommendations on how to use ESSA better serve at-risk student groups.

Civil and Human Rights Groups Oppose ESSA Regulation Rollback

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 30 other organizations sent a letter to U.S. Senators opposing the possible rolling back of accountability regulations. The groups argued these regulations will help schools “faithfully implement the law” and “meet their legal obligations to historically marginalized groups of students including students of color, students with disabilities, and…

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NYC Leadership Academy Irma Zardoya Emphasizes Importance of Equity Under ESSA

Irma Zardoya, President and CEO of the NYC Leadership Academy, wrote an opinion piece in Education Week on the importance of equity under ESSA. Zardoya highlighted how some states are “considering how to make teachers more representative of the students in their classrooms” by examining…

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FL Students Participate in Student-Focused Assembly on ESSA

Almost 200 students from Broward County participated in a student-focused assembly on ESSA. The Black Press of America (NNPA) coordinated the event through a grant “designed to raise public awareness about ESSA.”

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Secretary King’s Memo Examines How States Can Close Opportunity Gaps

In an exit interview with Education Week, Dept. of Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. discussed ESSA and equity opportunities. King was encouraged by state chiefs focusing on the “relationship between ESSA and equity” and how states are “going to use ESSA to close opportunity…

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Dept. of Education Releases Final Testing Regulations

The Dept. of Education released final regulations on testing programs under ESSA. Changes included regulations on the number of students eligible to take alternative exams and other pilot programs. The final rules also expanded flexibility and sought to “clarify the parameters” when testing Native American…

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KY Community Members and Organizations Discuss Closing the Achievement Gap

The Louisville Urban League, Louisville and Kentucky chapters of the NAACP, and the Prichard Committee facilitated a discussion with community members and Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt on ESSA. Topics included closing the achievement gap, the state’s new accountability system, and underprivileged students.

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Using ESSA to Successfully Educate Children in Poverty

In a Huffington Post blog, Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvancED, raised concern over the election aftermath and the future of ESSA. Elgart argued that many state plans are still being developed and “continue to focus on maintaining a compliance regulatory function of accountability”…

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Letter from 10 U.S. Senators to President Obama Alleges Federal Overreach

As reported by the Washington Post and noted by Education Week, a bipartisan group of 10 U.S. Senators are calling on President Obama to “rein in the Education Department” arguing that the agency is “trying to overreach into matters that Congress intended to be decided…

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Expectations Under ESSA for English Language Learners

Under ESSA, schools will be required to make significant changes for English language learners as reported by Education Dive. States will need to “create a uniform process” when identifying English learners to “assign them services” and then transition them into a “general education system.” States…

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Personnel Committed to Helping Homeless Students Achieve

The 74 Million reported on lawmakers’ efforts to “track and improve outcomes of displaced students” under ESSA. Under the new act, schools will need to “hire personnel who are adequately prepared to help homeless students achieve.” Additionally, districts will be required to assign federal dollars…

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Using ESSA to Expand Personalized Learning in Rural Schools

Bellwether Education Partners released a new report on the use of personalized learning in rural schools. The paper called for states to “explore alternative accountability mechanisms” through ESSA’s flexibility in the Innovative Assessment pilot program. However, Bellwether expressed concerns that students and schools are largely…

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Education World’s Top 4 Takeaways on ESSA Guidlines

Education World reviewed recent ESSA guidelines released by the Dept. of Education and complied their four top takeaways. They concluded that the guidelines clarify the definition of homeless youth; address foster youth; pressure states to align standards for English learners to state content standards; and…

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Next Steps for the Opt-Out Movement

The Wall Street Journal examined next steps for the opt-out movement, which “lost a major battle” with the implementation of ESSA and continues to challenge the 95 percent participation rule. Under the new law, states are required to test 95% of students so they do…

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Can ESSA Help Improve Homeless Student’s Learning Experiences?

In a recent interview with City Lab, Barbara Duffield, the director of policy and programs for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, discussed her belief that ESSA can help improve homeless student’s learning experiences. ESSA creates new provisions so that…

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States Put Communities Back in the Driver’s Seat

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, wrote an opinion piece on the opportunities for states and schools to make “better choices” for students of color under ESSA. Henderson argued that under the new law, states need to…

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Proposed Increase on Tracking and Reporting for English Learners

Education Week and Politico reported on the Dept. of Education’s guidance for English learners under ESSA. In addition to highlighting the allowance of Title III funds to help expand these programs, Education Week noted that states must track the performance of former EL students to…

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Dept. of Education Releases Guidelines for English Learners

The Dept. of Education released a new set of guidelines on how states and school districts can work to improve English learner programs under ESSA. The report detailed that ELs are among the “fastest growing populations” in US schools and account for nearly “10% of…

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NY State Dept. of Ed Submits Comments Focused on Greater ESSA Flexibility

The New York State Education Department submitted comments on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Academic Assessments under ESSA. The comments focused on the “need to provide states with greater flexibility in the testing of certain English language learners and students…

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Top ND Education Officials Meet to Discuss State’s Education System Under ESSA

Top education officials met at the United Tribes Technical College’s annual Tribal Leaders Summit to discuss what’s at stake for North Dakota’s education system under ESSA. Ahniwake Rose, executive director of the National Indian Education Association, told the audience that rewriting North Dakota’s state plan…

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State and Local Funding Options for English Language Learners

The Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy released a report reviewing the funding options that state and local agencies can use for English learners. Among the programs highlighted, the report included ESSA’s Title III provision that allows states flexibility when improving immigrant…

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EdWeek Highlights Key Groups That Have Weighed in on ESSA Drafts

Education Week continued highlighting “key groups that have weighed in on the draft ESSA regulations covering accountability.” This week’s summary includes: The National Association of Elementary School Principals, and National Association of Secondary School Principals are concerned that the proposed regulations may inhibit the goal…

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NASBE Report Identifies How States Can Use ESSA to Better Help At-Risk Populations

The National Association of State Boards of Education released their August Policy Update Series on strategies that states can use to “address the challenges and educational inequalities facing some of the most disenfranchised, at-risk student populations in the country.” NASBE’s series details five “at-risk populations”…

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Dept. of Education Issues Guidance on Homeless Students

ESSA amendments to the McKinney-Vento Act, which addresses the required needs of homeless students, will take effect October 1, 2016. ESSA seeks to offer homeless children “protections, services, aid, and support from their state and local education agencies.” The Dept. of Education also issued three…

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Dr. Wayne Wright of Purdue University Wants to see the Flexibility in ESSA

Writing that English learners will “by definition always fail to meet grade-level standards,” Dr. Wayne Wright of Purdue University wants to see the flexibility in ESSA used to create an accountability system to benefit these students. Dr. Wright argues that the “overall framework of NCLB…

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Dept. of Education Issues Guidelines on How to Better Serve Homeless Students

The Dept. of Education issued federal guidelines today for states and school districts to better serve homeless students. According to ABC News, “the guidelines include prioritizing the identification of homeless students, including designating and training a ‘school liaison’ within each district to help provide students…

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