Reports and Recommendations

ESSA and the Future of Education Changemaking

Rick Hess opines in Education Week that those “who want to improve the American public education system are facing a unique moment with an abundance of levers to drive change,” including ESSA, which “provides states and localities with increased flexibility in setting goals and designing interventions, which were once...

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Strategic Leadership and School Improvement

Linda Jacobson reports for Education Dive that, with almost all state ESSA plans approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the “question related to school improvement isn’t so much what works to help low-performing schools, but how to implement strategies in the most effective way,”...

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Most Professional Development Not Meeting Federal Guidelines

Amelia Harper reports in Education Dive that a new report from the Frontline Research & Learning Institute called “Bridging the Gap” has “compared data from more than 200 school districts against the Every Student Succeeds Act’s definition of professional learning, created with input from Learning Forward,...

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Districts, Personalized Learning Resources, and ESSA

Eli Zimmerman writes in EdTech Magazine that school districts looking for resources to support personalized learning efforts “can find a number of opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act, specifically from Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (or Title IV), which received a $700 million...

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Arts Programs Fight Summer Slide, Will Get Boost Under ESSA

Amelia Harper reports for Education Dive on the positive role arts programs can play in narrowing the achievement gap “because the impact of summer learning loss is cumulative and can cause some low-income students to be as many as three years behind their peers by...

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Education Funding Inequity Persistent Problem

Amelia Harper reports for Education Dive that “though federal funding has helped level the playing field in school spending over the years, a recently released report of school spending during the 2014-15 academic year reveals that 25% of the poorest schools in the nation received...

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Former White House Domestic Policy Council Directors Weigh In

Melody Barnes and John Bridgeland, former directors of the White House Domestic Policy Council under former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush respectively, authored a piece on the opportunity for ESSA to “reduce massive disparities in educational outcomes for youth.” Barnes and Bridgeland argued...

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Taking the Right Approach to Funding Ed Innovation

In a new issue brief, iNACOL “highlights case studies and action steps for policymakers to deepen their understanding of state funding strategies to support innovation in K-12 education.” The brief notes that ESSA gives states the opportunity to use federal funding to build capacity for...

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SEL Feedback from Students

Linda Jacobson writes in Education Dive that according to “a recent analysis of the results of a social-emotional learning (SEL) survey that the California Office for Reform Education (CORE) administered to its more than 1 million students attending eight urban school systems,” students’ “reports of whether...

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