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Feds Update Ed Advocates on ESSA

Klein reports that on September 24, federal education officials met privately “with a select group of education advocates at the department to talk the Every Student Succeeds Act, the school safety commission, choice, and career and technical education.” Secretary DeVos wasn’t present, but the group “heard from Mick...

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Experts Weigh-In on ESSA, Upcoming School Year

This video from The 74 features interviews with a broad sampling of education experts about “the current state of America’s schools and the top challenges facing the nation’s education system as states rethink student goals and district accountability under the Every Student Succeeds Act.” Interviewees...

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Military Student Identifier in Action

Karen Jowers, of Military Times, writes about the rollout of ESSA’s military student identifier, which “simply flags a student as being the child of an active-duty service member.” It’s “important for military families to be aware of the change, said Christi Ham, chairwoman of Military...

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Combatting Attendance Gaming and Mistakes Under ESSA

Taylor Swaak reports for The 74 that “tackling chronic absenteeism is now part of education plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act for 36 states and Washington, D.C.” She also reports that the “resulting requirements are also new, with many states crafting uniform definitions for...

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Next Phase of Check State Plans Announced: Promise to Practice

Last week, Collaborative for Student Success announced that, in partnership with HCM Strategists, the organization is undertaking “Check State Plans: Promise to Practice,” which will bring together an updated network of peer reviewers to examine how states are implementing their school improvement plans under the...

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What’s New Under ESSA for Foster Children?

In Education Week, Alyson Klein answers the following query as part of the publication’s ”Answering Your ESSA Questions” series: “What is new for children in foster care under ESSA?” Klein says ESSA “made some key changes for this important population,” including asking districts to “break out achievement data...

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Education, ESSA, and Election 2018

Former Delaware Governor Jack Markell writes in Real Clear Education that those who win election in 2018 will have an opportunity to have a significant impact on education policy in their states and districts, especially by shaping how their states implement their accountability plans under ESSA. With...

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NNPA Announces Plan to Poll Black Parents on ESSA

Freddie Allen reports for the Philadelphia Tribune that the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) recently “announced plans to conduct a groundbreaking survey” to gauge the awareness of ESSA within the Black community, as part of their “public awareness campaign focused on ESSA, improving educational outcomes...

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Partnering with Parents to Combat Chronic Absenteeism

According to Stacy Teicher Khadaroo at the Christian Science Monitor, chronic absenteeism is a “stubborn problem,” and schools are always looking out for solutions—especially now, because states are required to publicly report chronic absenteeism under ESSA, and “35 states plus the District of Columbia have...

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