Reports and Recommendations

State Identification Systems and Improving Equity

As a result of the switch from NCLB to ESSA, “state leaders are attempting to create an identification system within their states that meet the U.S. Department of Education’s requirements, but that also balances their resources and values,” writes Nikole Gregg. “Their task has become...

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ESSA and Empowering Educator Voices on Policy

Over at Educators for High Standards, South Carolina 2nd grade teacher Stephanie M. Johnson explains how ESSA is empowering the educator voice in policymaking. This was a great start, she says, as ESSA “encouraged states and district to move toward a model of shared decision...

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States Leading the Way on Innovative Community Schools

With community schools gaining attention (and ground) in the education space, Brookings’ Reuben Jacobson takes a look at how states are leading the way in innovating for such schools, which “engage families and community organizations to provide well-rounded support to students.” In recent years, he...

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Fairness in School Spending

Jane Porath, an 8th grade mathematics teacher at Traverse City East Middle School in Michigan and a Educators for High Standards Teacher Champion, takes on the complex issue of fairness versus equity in education funding.. The Every Students Succeeds Act requires states to track and...

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Innovative Assessments Beyond ESSA Pilot

With only four states taking advantage of ESSA’s innovative assessment pilot, are innovative assessments “dead in the water” ask Bonnie O’Keefe and Brandon Lewis in The 74. Their answer? A definitive “no.” The four states taking part in the ESSA pilot—Louisiana, New Hampshire, Georgia, and...

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The Long Journey of “Whole Child Education”

“What does a ‘whole child education’ mean to educators?” ask David Griffith and Sean Slade of ASCD in EdSurge. “To some it references providing nutritious food or breakfast in the classroom. To others it focuses on mental health and developmental social and emotional learning skills.”...

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Helping Students With Disabilities Get Ready for Work

In this piece in The 74,  Karla Phillips and Travis Pillow provide recommendation to help students with disabilities graduate ready for college and careers. Here’s a summary of action steps states can take to improve employment outcomes for these students: “Create an annual ‘State of...

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Schools Prioritize Safer, Healthier Schools Via ESSA Grants

According to recently released survey data regarding ESSA Title IV-A spending, which was sponsored by the School Superintendents Association, the National Association of Federal Program Administrators, the Association of Educational Service Agencies, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), Whiteboard Advisors, and the Title...

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Work-Based Learning & ESSA

Last month, in this guest ECS post, Advance CTE’s Senior Policy Associate Austin Estes examined the latest research on, as well as state examples of, work-based learning as it has been put into practice. “While work-based learning is often delivered at the local level in...

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Helping School Leaders Spend Wisely

In Education Next, Marguerite Roza, Director of the Edunomics Lab and a research professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, takes a look at education finance—and considers the question of why most people “jump to the revenue side of the equation”? The “spending...

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