“Blanket Approval” of ESSA Plans

“Blanket Approval” of ESSA Plans

June 13, 2019

“Even when state education agencies ignored or went against feedback from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in their plans to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), their plans were still approved,” writes Linda Jacobson regarding the same Duff and Wohlstetter report.  The new paper, appearing in Educational Researcher, explores the shifting ‘power dynamics’ between the department and the states.” Most of the feedback “focused on states’ accountability plans and the methods they would use to identify schools that need improvement.”