ESSA Resources

Below are the most recently published resources around ESSA.

Challenges and Questions ESSA Presents for Districts 

With the school year fast approaching, Alyson Klein asks in Education Week what is “the toughest part of the Every Student Succeeds Act for districts to get a handle on?” To find out, she asked a few experts, including Noelle Ellerson Ng from The School Superintendents Association, Jeff Simering…

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ESSA Questions Answered by the Experts

Mike Bock reports that, last month, Education Week hosted “Keys to ESSA Implementation,” an “online event where journalists and policy experts answered audience questions about the new federal K-12 law that will become a classroom reality this fall.” And afterwards, the publication filmed a discussion between participating…

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Essential ESSA Resources

New Classrooms curated a list of links and summaries for ESSA toolkits, white papers, policy briefings, special reports, and more that have been produced by a range of leading think tanks, advocacy groups, and policy organizations. Check them out here.

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Ed Week’s Indispensable ESSA Guide

Education Week’s Alyson Klein writes about the publication’s new special report called “ESSA on the Runway”, which “analyzes the state of ESSA implementation on the eve of the law’s operational debut” and “takes a multifaceted look at just how ready those states, districts, and schools…

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Hunt Institute Unveils Interactive Worksheet for State Leaders

The Hunt Institute published its “Policymaker’s Guide to Understanding Your State’s ESSA Plan & Reviews,” which is “intended to help state-level policymakers and other stakeholders begin to dive into the details of their state ESSA plans and provide a place to note thoughts, concerns, and…

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Helping Districts Meet ESSA Research Deadline

“It’s the first finding of pretty much any education study, regardless of the topic or the intervention: We need more research,” reports Sarah D. Sparks. But for educators and policymakers trying to improve education under ESSA, “understanding the good-enough evidence can be more important than…

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The 74 Previews an Interesting Year for ESSA

The 74 is taking a look ahead to the 2018–2019 school year—and ESSA’s transition from planning to practice. They explore how, as a new Administration wrangles with enforcement, the new law is not a “footnote” from 2015, but rather a “2018 test,” when states will…

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LA Times Editorial Board Also Cites Check State Plans

According to the Los Angeles Times, just a week before the federal Department of Education told California to revise its ESSA plan, “an independent, nonpartisan education group that has been rating the ESSA plans of each state gave California’s proposal particularly low scores.”

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ESSA Provides Several Social-Emotional Learning Funding Opportunities

According to The 74, a new RAND Corporation report finds that “schools looking to implement social-emotional learning programs have several funding options available to them through” ESSA. RAND identified “60 evidence-based social-emotional learning interventions schools and districts can use that align with the ESSA requirements,”…

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Partnerships Key to ESSA Success in Milwaukee

Partnerships with national service programs such as AmeriCorps are at the heart of success for Milwaukee Public Schools,” reports Dian Schaffhauser in T.H.E. Journal. As “a recent webinar hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education laid out, such collaborations can help districts implement plans for…

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You have questions. Ed Week Has Answers

In the first installment of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, where readers send in their queries about ESSA, a school-based administrator asks, “Is testing the only way a student can achieve success” under ESSA? Their short answer? “No.”

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Louisiana Launches ESSA-Inspired Online School Quality Tool

In Louisiana, as part of the state’s ESSA plan, education officials have created “a user-friendly platform”—Louisiana School Finder—which is “able to host a wide array of information on school and [child care] center quality,” and present it in ways that are “transparent and easy to…

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New Online Tracking Tool

Achieve released a new online tracking tool that “summarizes states’ long term goals for student achievement and graduation rates, along with the accountability indicators and weighting included in states’ plans submitted under ESSA.” The tracker allows users to view accountability indicators in the state’s plan and compare…

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Got ESSA Questions? Ask Politics K-12

With ESSA in place in school districts across the country this year, there is “still a lot of confusion about the law,” so Education Week has pulled together a sort of Internet-based hotline where people can email questions to reporters Alyson Klein (aklein@epe.org) or Andrew Ujifusa (aujifusa@epe.org)…

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Educators Weigh in on Professional Learning

Educators for High Standards identifies the key components of high-quality, effective professional learning that are laid out in ESSA, and shares how schools and districts can provide educators with the opportunities they need, want, and deserve. In partnership with Learning Forward and Teach Plus,  Educators…

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Ed Week Takes Closer Look at Submitted ESSA Plans

With ESSA “on the verge of hitting classrooms nationwide,” and almost all state accountability plans submitted to the Dept. of Education, Education Week’s Alyson Klein, Stephen Sawchuk, and Andrew Ujifusa take a closer look at these plans to examine “just what do states intend to do…

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OH Dept. of Ed Submits ESSA Plan to U.S. Dept. of Ed

The Ohio Department of Education sent its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education “after delaying the submission by months to consider feedback from educators and community members.” State officials “will begin working with area districts to implement the ESSA plan once it’s approved…

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Governing Magazine New Issue Brief

Governing magazine’s new issue brief highlights the Check State Plans research, underscoring how both reports seek to provide useful resources to state education leaders as they develop their ESSA plans. The brief provides an overview of discussions with state leaders in five second-round states—California, Kentucky,…

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Interim Reviews of California and New York’s Draft ESSA plans;

The Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners have published interim reviews of both California and New York’s draft ESSA plans. These interim reviews, which mirror the first round of reviews conducted by more than 30 education experts in June 2017, encourages California and…

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Ed Week Adds New Map to ESSA Plan Tracker

Education Week added a new map to their ESSA plan tracker that denotes each state’s status. The map highlights three categories: “one for states that haven’t submitted their plans to the U.S. Department of Education yet, one for states that have gotten feedback on their…

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New Handbook Aims to Help LEA and School Leaders Effectively Engage Stakeholders

Partners for Each and Every Child and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) have developed a handbook to assist LEA and school leaders as they engage stakeholders to effectively implement ESSA at the local level. Meaningful Local Engagement Under ESSA: A Handbook for…

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How Does your State Measure Up?

The Collaborative for Student Success, in conjunction with Bellwether Education Partners, released an independent peer review of the 17 state accountability plans that have been submitted so far, under ESSA. The groups also launched CheckStatePlans.org – an interactive website that spotlights the best elements of…

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WI Dept. of Ed to Host Final Public Session

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will host the final public session on the state’s ESSA plan. Discussions will focus “around four main points of the plan: school accountability, educator development, school improvement and student supports.”

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CA Dept. of Ed Releases Final Forum Dates for Public Feedback

The California Dept. of Education released the final June forum dates for public feedback on the state’s ESSA plan. Barbara Murchison, who has “collected the ESSA input from throughout the state for the last month,” encouraged leaders to attend meetings because, “We are glad to…

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MS Dept. of Ed Announces Listening Tour

The Mississippi Dept. of Education announced a listening tour to discuss the state’s ESSA plan. Meetings will address “measuring student success, resources for parents, subgroup methods of success, teacher and leader quality, and improvement strategies for underperforming schools.”

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