Education, ESSA, and Election 2018

Education, ESSA, and Election 2018

August 28, 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 36 governors set to take office in 2019, it will “be critical that they implement their states’ ESSA plans with fidelity by ensuring states administer high-quality assessments, enact ambitious yet realistic plans for school improvement, and support teachers with professional development and proper funding.” States that implement high standards and invest in schools, teachers, and students “will reap the rewards: In an increasingly global, skills-based job market, the states that out-educate today will out-compete tomorrow.”