Federal Round-Up

Details on Georgia and North Carolina Innovative Assessment Pilots

As we’ve reported previously, Georgia and North Carolina have been approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Pilot program. Details of these plans are as follows (according to AllOnGeorgia): Georgia “will pilot two different innovative assessments: one based on...

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Feds Approve Two New Assessment Pilots

“The number of states that can try out new ways to test students under the Every Student Succeeds Act just doubled,” reports Andrew Ujifusa in Education Week. “U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Wednesday that she had approved Georgia and North Carolina to try...

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Trump Admin “Falling Short” on ESSA Implementation

In Education Week, Megan Duff and Priscilla Wohlstetter provide an overview of a recent study conducted by them and their colleagues regarding the ESSA planning process, which concludes that the process has “veered off course.” How so? ESSA, contrary to NCLB, reverts much of the...

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Federal Officials Allow New Mexico’s Removal of School Grades

The U.S. Department of Education has approved New Mexico’s changes to its school accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Federal approval was necessary for state education officials to move forward with the planned changes. “Following the PED’s initial request from early March, a...

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U.S. Department of Education Announces School Safety Grant Information

In this press release, the U.S. Department of Education states that, in “support of the recommendations from the Federal Commission on School Safety’s (FCSS) final report,” the Department formally announced that it is “accepting applications for three fiscal year 2019 grant competitions that support locally...

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DOE Finalizes Title I Rules

The U.S. Department of Education has finalized its “supplement not supplant” rules requiring districts to demonstrate they are using federal Title I money in addition to state and local funds, reports Linda Jacobson for Education Dive. “The guidance says districts must show the methods they use...

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Legislators Introduce Teacher Shortage Bill

According to InsiderNJ, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representatives Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) have reintroduced a bill that seeks to address the nation’s increasingly problematic teacher shortage. The Supporting the Teaching Profession Through Revitalizing Investments in Valuable Educators (STRIVE) Act “would overhaul the student loan...

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DeVos Smart for “Lenient Attitude” Toward ESSA Plans?

While states “frequently and successfully flexed their muscles” when negotiating the details of their Every Student Succeeds Act plans with the U.S. Department of Education, the question of “whether Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was smart to let them take that approach or often just...

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“Blanket Approval” of ESSA Plans

“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...

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