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ESSA for Crossing Guard Signs?

In the latest installment of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, Nick Scott, who “works for an Arizona-based company that manufactures LED crossing guard signs for school districts,” wants to know “if districts can use their Every Student Succeeds Act dollars to purchase crossing...

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Opt-Outs under ESSA

Education Week answers the question: “What are the federal guidelines for ‘testing transparency?’ Schools are mandated to get 95 percent participation, but how is that possible is [sic] we tell parents of their opt out rights?” The answer? The law “says that states and schools must test...

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Can Districts Pick SAT or ACT for Accountability?

As part of Education Week‘s ongoing series answering reader questions about ESSA, Alyson Klein responds to the following query from an anonymous reader: “Do districts need state permission to take advantage of new ESSA flexibility to substitute a nationally recognized, college-entrance exam (like the SAT...

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ESSA and School Takeovers

Alan Greenblatt writes in Governing that since New Jersey became the first state to allow takeovers of local school districts by a state in 1989, more than 100 districts have been “appropriated” in states across the country as other states followed the Garden State’s example....

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Rep. Roe on Empowering Teachers and ESSA

U.S. Representative Phil Roe authored an opinion piece recently on the importance of recognizing hardworking teachers and the positive impact they have on the classroom, as well as his role in crafting ESSA. He praised the work of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam who sought to...

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How Are States Addressing Continuous Improvement?

Education Week’s Alyson Klein shares information about how states are approaching continuous improvement in their ESSA plans. While the term “continuous improvement” isn’t explicitly mentioned in the law, Klein notes, “A handful of states are using the law as an opportunity to rethink their systems through a continuous-improvement...

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Accountability Dashboards in the States

In the latest installment of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, a participant from the publication’s recent ESSA online summit (“Keys to ESSA Implementation”) poses a question, and “it’s a wonky one.” The participant asks: “How many states are using accountability dashboards?” Ed Week’s Alyson Klein has the...

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Don’t Know Much About History (of the MSI)…

Military Families for High Standards Chairwoman Christi Ham provides an overview of the history of the Military Student Identifier (MSI), from the first “big step” of developing the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children in 2008 to the passage of ESSA in 2015.

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