Arizona

Mayors Meet to Talk ESSA Impact

Last week, mayors from across Arizona gathered in Phoenix City Hall for the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable to discuss the impact of ESSA’s implementation on the state.

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Promises of Greater Flexibility

According to the Washington Times, Arizona may put the “promises of greater flexibility” under ESSA to the test due to a 2016 state law “that allows traditional and charter school leaders to choose the standardized test they think best fits each school’s teaching methods.”

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Ed Week Examines Arizona’s ESSA Plan

An Education Week blog takes a look at Arizona’s ESSA plan, and how civil rights advocates are concerned how it will impact transient students. The plan, which has already been approved by the U.S. Department of Education, “attaches different weights to students test scores, depending...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans   Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Illinois: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Louisiana: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Maine: Final Plan Approved (8/31/17) Massachusetts: Final Plan Approved (9/21/17) Michigan:...

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Arizona Teachers Express Concern Over New ESSA Requirements

Some Arizona teachers expressed concern over new ESSA requirements that they believe may not lead to “equitable changes in how school districts’ allocate resources to help students succeed.” According to AZ Ed News, teachers are worried about Title I funding rules, eliminating inequalities, and closing the achievement gap.

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AZ is First State to Submit Finalized ESSA Plan

Arizona has become one of the first states to submit a finalized ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education. According to Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, “Arizona has been at the forefront of ESSA implementation and innovation since the release of our...

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AZ Dept. of Education Releases Draft ESSA Plan

The Arizona Department of Education released the first draft of its state plan. The draft reflects “a shared statewide vision for Arizona’s students and schools on topics such as accountability, funding, school improvement and grant-making systems.” According to a cover letter from Superintendent of Public...

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Local Superintendent Testifies Before HELP Committee

Dr. Gail Pletnick testified before the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee last week on the importance of keeping ESSA implementation local. She argued that the proposed regulations are “unnecessarily rigid regulations that may hinder the very state and district innovation...

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