Alabama

AL State Superintendent Discusses State’s ESSA Plan

Alabama State Superintendent Michael Sentance discussed the state’s ESSA plan, commenting that he is “working hard and fast” to “create an environment so that people understand where we’re going.” Once the plan is implemented, Sentance believes that there will be “real, profound change in the...

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AL Releases Draft ESSA Plan

Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance released the state’s draft ESSA plan for public review and comment. As reported by Education Week, Sentence has been “under fire” by the state board for his “communication and leadership style and the department’s attempted takeover of Montgomery, Ala., public schools.”...

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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. Approved Plans Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) Nevada: Final...

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State Superintendent Announces “Pause” on Draft Plan

Due to the changing administrations, State Superintendent Michael Sentance stated that work to draft Alabama’s ESSA plan will be “paused.” During a State Board of Education meeting, members were told that the new administration “won’t adopt policies and regulations related to the act without first...

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Rep. Roby Holds Meeting with State Superintendents

U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) held a meeting with state superintendents last week. Of note, it was reported that local leaders expressed “concerns about the Dept. of Education adhering to the strict state authority provisions during the critical implementation process.” As a result, Roby wrote...

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ESSA Implementation Committee Holds First Round of Subcommittee Meetings

The Alabama ESSA Implementation Committee – in partnership with the state Dept. of Education – held the first round of subcommittee meetings this past week. Subcommittee meetings were held on Educator Effectiveness, Schools and District Improvement, Early Learning, Title Programs, Data Collection and Reporting, Accountability,...

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