ESSA Resources

Below are the most recently published resources around ESSA.

NYC & the Forgotten Art of Teaching the Arts

“Why, in the New York City public school system, are the arts still being relegated to the realm of the extracurricular?” asks Penny Smith, Executive Director of Education Through Music. In this piece, which argues in favor of supporting the arts in education as a…

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New Playbook Provides Educators Path to Meeting ESSA Funding and Finance Requirements

The December 2019 ESSA deadline for “school districts to start breaking out school-level funding” is quickly approaching. As schools nationwide come to terms with the financial challenges of meeting this deadline, “streamlining and modernizing” systems with “enhanced automation will have payoffs that supersede the requirements…

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Recent ESSA Report Highlights Five Ways to Prioritize Evidence-Based Decision-Making

A new ESSA report released by Results for America “suggests that when it comes to using evidence to improve schools, state and local leaders don’t always have to go for the most demanding option.” The report includes “five ways to prioritize evidence in state and…

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In Addition to SEL, ESSA Enables States to Focus on Arts as Measure of School Quality

As school leaders ramp up efforts “to integrate social-emotional learning into the instructional day to improve learning and positive outcomes for students,” arts educators see invaluable opportunities to help accomplish SEL goals while meeting school goals and improving student learning. Among the states that have “specifically noted…

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More School Districts Look to “Through-Year” Assessments to Inform Instruction

School districts in Georgia and Nebraska will be implementing new testing models under ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority program in the coming months and years, according to Linda Jacobson for Education Dive. The goal of these new “through-year” assessments is to “phase out reliance” on…

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Forum Featuring African-American Educators in Florida Focuses on ESSA’s Impact on the Community

A town-hall-style meeting—themed “Lessons from the Past”—held at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale brought together policymakers and stakeholders for a discussion of ESSA and how the law “holds schools accountable for how students learn and achieve, while also providing…

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ESSA and SEL Go Hand-in-Hand to Improve Student Performance

A recent Gallup article—based on 12 years of surveys and research—highlights the important link between ESSA’s accountability measures and student engagement, specifically factors related to social-emotional learning, which has become more of a priority in recent years. According to Gallup’s research, “the impact these foundational…

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In-Depth Discussion Looking Back on Four Years of ESSA

On Tuesday, December 10, the Collaborative for Student Success is hosting an afternoon discussion of ESSA four years to the day after the law was signed. Taking place at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., this special event will include a conversation with ESSA’s…

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Latino Student Performance in Idaho Lags Behind White Peers

Despite being recognized as “critical to Idaho’s economic future,” the success of Latino students in the state continues to lag behind their peers, according to this piece in Idaho EdNews. “The number of Latino student in Idaho schools has nearly doubled in the past two…

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Northwest Arkansas Schools Fare Well in Latest State Rankings Under ESSA Index Score

According to Arkansas’ annual release of school letter grades—which are “based on each school’s federal ESSA Index Score, a numerical score of 1 to 100” calculated using a variety of factors—public schools in Northwest Arkansas “received relatively high marks this year.” Whereas the letter grade…

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ESSA Provides Flexibility for Oregon Educators to Improve Performance by District

In a shift from its predecessor NCLB, ESSA has given the Oregon Department of Education (DOE) greater flexibility to address and improve student performance across entire school districts rather than individual schools. Educators who have experienced both approaches “are hailing the change,” according to this…

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Maryland School District Outlines Plan to Meet ESSA Requirements

As Katryna Perera reports, Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) staff “outlined a plan to the Board of Education to help the district meet requirements set forth” under ESSA last week. According to Jamie Aliveto, FCPS’ executive director of system accountability and school administration, ESSA’s approach…

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How Are ESSA’s Evidence Standards Affecting K-12 Companies?

ESSA requires vendors to demonstrate that their products, services, and strategies “focused on school interventions are backed by evidence.” Already, this requirement is having a drastic impact as school districts reexamine contracts with longtime vendors and companies. This webinar will explain what K-12 companies “need…

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New Independent Study Confirms ST Math® Program Meets ESSA Tier 2 Standards

A “first-of-its-kind independent review” conducted by non-profit research center SRI International confirmed an earlier “2018 WestEd study on ST Math meets Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Tier 2” standards. ST Math is a visual instructional program developed by MIND Research Institute. The program “leverages the…

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Many States are Rethinking and Reversing Recent Teacher and Principal Evaluation Reforms

According to new research from the National Council on Teacher Quality, a majority of states have “backed away from recently enacted policies” aimed at overhauling teacher and principal evaluation systems since passage of ESSA in 2015, writes Laura Ascione of e School News. At least…

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Taking a Closer Look at the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority Provision of ESSA

In a two-part series for the Center for Assessment, Charlie DePascale takes a close look at the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) provision of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which “ostensibly offers states the flexibility needed to ‘establish, operate, and evaluate an innovative assessment system’…

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Maximizing School Funds

At a series of panels cosponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, education experts discussed ways in which America’s education system could improve results by getting “more bang for the buck through the use of technology, or in special education,…

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Education Week’s Guide to New School-by-School Spending Mandate

This piece from Education Week provides an easy-to-follow guide to “what ESSA’s new data-reporting mandate means for different players in the education community.” As opposed to focusing on “per-pupil spending,” ESSA “requires states for the first time to break out how much districts spend on…

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Education Department Releases Updates on Equitable Services for Private School Students

“U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released updates…to clarify existing statutory obligations of local education agencies (LEAs) to provide equitable educational services to eligible private school students, their teachers, and their families” under changes made to Title I by ESSA. These updates are intended to…

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Montana Gets $50-Million Federal Literacy Grant

According to the Sydney Herald, Montana has received a five-year, $50 million literacy grant from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Striving Readers Comprehensive State Development Program. The grant has several “outcome expectations,” including increasing “the percentage of all participating disadvantaged student…

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Idaho Afterschool Program Grants

Recently, the Idaho State Department of Education announced that $1.5 million of grant money will be available for the next academic year through the state’s 21st Century Community Learning Center afterschool program. Education agencies, community-based organizations, tribal organizations, and others are encouraged to apply (by…

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Early-Childhood More Segregated than K-12 Programs

In Education Dive, Linda Jacobson reports on how early-childhood programs of all kinds are “twice as likely as kindergarten and 1st-grade classrooms to have all black or all Hispanic children,” and are “also less likely to be ‘somewhat integrated’ with 10-20% of children being black…

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When Summative and Formative Markets Collide

“What happens when the $1.3 billion state summative assessment market begins to merge with the growing $1.6 billion market for formative assessments?” asks David DeSchryver in Ed Surge. “Investors and the education community are closely watching emerging models and how they could shape the markets…

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DOE Releases Parent Report Card Guide

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education announced the release of “important information on how local education leaders can make sure parents and caregivers have accurate and accessible information on how schools are performing in their state.” This new guide, entitled Opportunities and Responsibilities for State…

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ESSA as Reform Absent Repair?

ESSA “was designed to remedy the wrongs” of NCLB, Andrew Saultz, Jack Schneider, and Karalyn McGovern write in the Phi Delta Kappan. But the law has failed to live up to its promise. The trio argue that this is the result of the U.S. Department…

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