Education Leaders “Overwhelmed” by School Improvement Under ESSA

Education Leaders “Overwhelmed” by School Improvement Under ESSA

April 28, 2019

A recent report from the Center on Education Policy — “How States are Responding to ESSA’s Evidence Requirements for School Improvement” — reveals that many education leaders feel “overwhelmed” about how to implement school improvement under ESSA. Using interview information from education leaders in seven states, “the report focuses on state experiences with initial implementation of the ESSA evidence requirements, including state efforts to identify evidence-based interventions and assist districts with their school improvement efforts.” The report finds that “Education leaders who oversee school improvement are having a tough time getting a handle on the role evidence must play in turnaround efforts—and some are worried about the sheer volume of schools that could get identified as needing some sort of intervention in the age of the Every Student Succeeds Act,” writes Andrew Ujifusa for Education Week.