ESSA Resources

Below are the most recently published resources around ESSA.

Upcoming Financial Transparency Webinar

On April 4, at 2:00 pm ET, Georgetown University’s Edunomics Lab will host an interactive webinar—”Taking stock in ESSA’s school-by-school financial requirement as SEAs begin releasing data”—which will review ESSA’s financial reporting requirement as states release initial school-by-school expenditures. The webinar will also explore “how leading…

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Public Transit = Higher Absenteeism

This Education Dive piece takes a look at a recent study of Baltimore City Public Schools, which shows that student use of public transportation to get to and from school is “associated” with growth in absenteeism. “With districts now learning more about the multiple reasons why students…

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124 Evidence-Based Afterschool Programs Eligible for ESSA Funds

A new report from the Wallace Foundation looks at afterschool programs in the U.S. that are eligible for funding under ESSA. “The law also encourages—and in some cases requires—that applicants for its various funding streams establish that their programs are backed by strong evidence of…

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Angélica Infante-Green Rhode Island’s Next Ed Commissioner?

Angélica Infante-Green has been nominated to serve as Rhode Island’s next education commissioner, reports Dan McGowen for the WPRI Eye Witness News. Although McGowan notes that Infante-Green “comes to Rhode Island at a time when test scores are lagging and achievement gaps are wide,” he…

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A Bipartisan Conversation Between Two Former Governors

In a 74 Interview, Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) and Former Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) engaged in a one-on-one discussion on bipartisan education policy efforts. The two state leaders focused on college and career readiness, standards, testing, and ESSA. When talking about ESSA,…

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New Take on Education Equity

Ashley Jochim, senior research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, notes the growing skills shift students need from traditional academics to non-achievement-based educational outcomes. She explains that ESSA, “implicitly recognizes this shift with its requirement that assessment of a non-academic measure of student…

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Nonprofit Sues Wisconsin Education Agency

The Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) has filed a suit against the Wisconsin Education Agency to “determine if SPI/DPI are illegally implementing federal law [ESSA], without the proper state authority,” WILL argues that the Wisconsin DPI, along with other states, have to get…

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Alaska Flags Schools for Improvement

The Milbank Monitor reports that Alaska’s education department “has flagged about a fifth of the state’s public schools as needing additional support” under its new, ESSA-based accountability system. “The 107 schools were identified because of low graduation rates or poor performance on academic measures, either…

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Will New Mexico’s ESSA Changes Test DeVos?

“New Mexico is planning a major shakeup of its plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act,” writes Alyson Klein for Education Week. “And it’s not the only state that’s mulling changes. Among those with potential revisions in the works: Indiana, Michigan, South Carolina, and…

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A “Consumer’s Guide” to ESSA Testing

A new National Education Policy Center (NEPC) report from Madhabi Chatterji examines the testing and accountability landscape in the wake of federal approval of state ESSA plans. The report looks at how states should be “alert to any unexpected negative outcomes of testing on students,…

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“Caught in the Middle” in Michigan

Louise Wrege reports for the Herald Palladium that Michigan “now has two versions of statewide school accountability – one from the Michigan Department of Education and the other mandated by the Legislature.” The Michigan Department of Education plan under ESSA “received federal approval for its plan…

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New Mexico Ditching A-F Rating System

The New Mexico Public Education Department plans to get rid of the state’s A-F public school grading system, reports Dillon Mullan for the Santa Fe New Mexican. “Under proposed changes to the state’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the agency…

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DC Data Analysis Holds Answers to Special Ed Questions

Reporting for The 74, Sarah Berger Sandelius highlights three takeaways from D.C. data on special education. While “evidence shows that addressing the needs of our most diverse learners presents a tremendous opportunity, with benefits for the entire education community,” she writes. “We have a lot…

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Supplement-Not-Supplant – “Sorry Not Sorry”

Marguerite Roza writes in this Brookings piece that “new draft guidance the U.S. Department of Education released last month on monitoring the ‘supplement-not-supplant’ provision [of Title I] might be perceived as the current administration issuing a big sorry not sorry to equity advocates.” According to…

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Only 16 States Tracking Foster Care Students Under ESSA

To help address the challenges faced by students in foster care, ESSA requires states to publicly report how such students are faring on state tests and the rates at which they are graduating high school, Kate Stringer reports for The 74. “But right now, only…

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House Dems Ready to “Scrutinize” Department of Education

Newly empowered majority Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are ready to provide vigorous oversight of U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos department in the coming months, reports Erica L. Green for the New York Times. Among the issues targeted by Democrats will be…

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Kentucky Legislators Wrangle Over Identifying Schools for State Support

Kevin Wheatley reports for WDRB that a bill that would “change how Kentucky schools are identified for additional state support based on student performance” under ESSA “may be revised based on concerns raised” by Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis. “Instead of comparing test scores of student…

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Tracking Progress of Homeless Students

Alyson Klein reports for Education Week that according to a recent analysis by Education Leads Home, homeless students “are less likely to graduate from high school than other low-income children, and the general population.” ELH “analyzed graduation rate data for the 2016-17 school year in…

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Linda Darling-Hammond Selected to Chair California Ed Board

Last week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced the appointment of Stanford Professor and Learning Policy Institute President Linda Darling-Hammond, “one of the nation’s preeminent education scholars,” to serve as chair the Golden State’s board of education. In this position, she’ll play a leading role in California’s…

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ESSA Implementation, Illinois, and Student Outcome Requirements

Elliot Regenstein, Ben Boer, and Paul Zavitkovsky take a look at the implementation of ESSA’s student outcome requirements in Illinois. The state’s Board of Education “has set a goal of having 90 percent of students achieve proficiency on state standardized tests.” And Although ESSA “was…

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South Carolina House Speaker Opposes ESSA Plan Changes

Maayan Schechter reports for the Charlotte Observer that the Speaker of the South Carolina House of Representatives Jay Lucas has “successfully pressured” House committee to “hold off on changing part of the state’s school-rating system” under ESSA. Lucas claims that the change would “reward underperforming…

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Montana ESSA Report Cards Due in March

Corin Cates-Carney reports for MTPR that Montana public school parents “will soon have a new tool to see how their local school’s academic scores compare to others across the state.” According to a spokesperson for the Montana Office of Public Instruction, the state’s ESSA report…

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Should Ed Tech Take “Back Seat” to Learning Structure?

Ryan Johnston reports for EdScoop News on a new set of policy priorities from the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL), which state that “acquiring new classroom technology for students to explore isn’t as important as reforming the pedagogical structure they’re learning in.” These…

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“Reducing Absences, Capturing Days”

In this podcast recording, Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Jill Anderson talks to behavioral scientist Todd Rogers about chronic absenteeism. “Reducing absenteeism is vital, says Rogers, as the Every Student Succeeds Act has led in many states to the increased use of absenteeism as one…

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Caution Needed On School Quality Measures

Constance Lindsay writes for Education Week that measuring school quality is complicated, and reflects a community’s values and politics. When “hard metrics” are absent, “parents and other stakeholders are left to make assumptions often informed by all kinds of biases.” The “tools often used to…

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