ESSA Resources

Below are the most recently published resources around ESSA.

Five Things for States to Focus on with School-Level Spending Data

For the first time—thanks to ESSA—the federal government is requiring states to report school-level spending data this year. Writing in The 74, Data Quality Campaign Director of Policy and Advocacy Brennan McMahon Parton has five areas she thinks states should focus on when preparing to…

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New York City Teacher Program Serves as Model

Writing in Education Dive, Linda Jacobson takes a look at New York City’s teacher leadership program and how it serves as an “international model.” As part of this discussion, she notes that the Every Student Succeeds Act “presents an opportunity for districts to create or…

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Five States Getting Report Cards Right

Cindi Williams, co-founder of Learning Heroes and a principal at HCM Strategists, writes in The 74 about the vital importance of making sure parents have access to clear and honest information about both how their child or children are doing in school—and how well schools…

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Decreasing Chronic Absenteeism

According to Gallup’s Mark Reckmeyer—also reporting on the chronic absenteeism issue—with the implementation of ESSA and it’s “encouraging more diligent tracking and reporting of student behavior metrics,” chronic absenteeism “has become a focal point for parents, principals, districts, and states (36 states include chronic absenteeism…

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A “Simple Plan” to Reduce Chronic Absenteeism

In Governing, J. Brian Charles reports that chronic absenteeism “plagues” schools across the nation, with roughly 14% of students chronically absent over the 2013-2014 academic year. But there’s a simple answer to this problem, he argues. “When kids are absent, schools are required by state…

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Leveraging Data to Partner with Parents in School Improvement

This DQC report notes that ESSA “requires states and districts to rate schools based on multiple data points (measures) that collectively comprise a state’s ‘accountability system,’” and that states “must use academic and non-academic measures, and are given flexibility on the design and weight of…

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Fostering Educational Success

In this article, Molly Sarubbi explores how to build awareness and construct policy supports to help foster students succeed in education. “The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) outlines provisions that encourage more collaborative policy development and implementation that mitigate barriers for highly mobile individuals, such…

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Widespread Support for SEL

This recent teacher and administrator survey from RAND notes that it’s no surprise that support for SEL is growing across the country given that research “shows that students’ social and emotional competencies are related to improvements in achievement and in other outcomes.” In addition, the…

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Promoting Teacher Diversity

“This week, two different coalitions sent letters to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate education committees asking them to keep educator diversity in mind when considering legislation,” reports Andrew Ujifusa for Education Week. In one of these missives, the American Association…

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Health, Education, and Successful Education

According to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, schools are emerging as critical places to address childhood health concerns. As part of this discussion, the authors note that the “next few years will present important opportunities for school health advocates to address student health and wellness…

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Low-Performing Schools Under ESSA

Much of ESSA “deals with schools struggling to meet expectations,” reports Andrew Ujifusa in Education Week. “And we have new information concerning just how many of them are being tagged as needing improvement in the Every Student Succeeds Act era.” Ujifusa, notes however, there is a…

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Principal Concerns and ESSA

Also in Education Week, Denisa R. Superville takes a look at a recent survey from MCH Strategic Data, which finds that the “issues that weigh heavily on principals’ minds remained more or less the same.” This year, though “the level of concern on the principals’…

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Tennessee PTA Awarded Grant

According to The Chattanoogan, the National PTA has awarded five states, including its Tennessee affiliate, with a grant to help inform parents about school report cards and “empower them to advocate to ensure this data is accessible, transparent and actionable.” ESSA “requires school districts and…

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DQC Infographic Focuses on School Spending Data

States are now required to “publish school-level spending data in report cards,” under ESSA. In this new infographic, the Data Quality Campaign seeks to “illustrate what it looks like when leaders – from state and local policymakers to principals and community advocates – use school-level…

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Education Week to Host Online ESSA Summit Today

Today from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET, Education Week will host an online summit that will take a “deep dive” into ESSA and give participants “a unique opportunity to directly interact with reporters and experts about implementation of the nation’s marquee K-12 law.” The…

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Can States Just Ignore ESSA?

In Education Week, as part of the publication’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, Alyson Klein responds to a query posed by Sheryl Santos-Hatchett of the University of North Texas: “What if a state refuses to follow through on or retracts a state plan and doesn’t care…

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Education Leaders “Overwhelmed” by School Improvement Under ESSA

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…

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Mental Health Days for Oregon Students?

“Should schools allow students to take excused mental health days?” asks Evie Blad in Education Week. Some students in Oregon sure think so. They are supporting a bill that would add “mental or behavioral health” to the list of legitimate reasons for school absence. This…

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Oklahoma Schools Setting New Academic Standards

Erika Stanish reports for KOKH FOX25 that “Oklahoma schools are setting new academic standards for their students and teachers.” She also notes that the state was “recently rated in the top eight states for the nation’s best pre-K programs and early education group,” as well…

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Education Department Publishes Report Card Report for Public Comment

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education published a new report—Opportunities and Responsibilities for State and Local Report Cards Under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act—and announced a public comment period ending on April 29….

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NCSL Releases ESSA State Plan Database

The National Conference of State Legislatures’ College and Career Readiness State Legislation Project released a new ESSA State Plan Database of all state accountability plans submitted to and approved by the U.S. Department of Education. The database allows users to access individual state profiles and…

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NSBA’s Three Tips to “Give Data a Voice”

According to this new report from the National School Boards Association, under ESSA, “each state educational agency (SEA) and local educational agency (LEA) that receives Title I Part A funds must prepare and disseminate an annual report card that includes a variety of data about…

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Morial on Recent NUL ESSA Study

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) “establishes civil rights standards for educating students from historically underserved populations—such as children of color, students with disabilities, and those learning English as a second language” so that they “receive the resources they need,” writes National Urban League (NUL)…

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DeVos Talks ESSA, Budget in Recent Public Appearances

“After weathering a political storm over the Trump administration’s proposed budget at the end of March, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos continued her run of public appearances into April,” writes Andrew Ujifusa for Education Week. “DeVos received widely varied reactions from state education leaders…

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School Integration in the Age of ESSA

“Can advocates for school integration leverage local control as a winning argument in Congress?” asks Andrew Ujifusa in Education Week. Recently, integration advocates and elected officials hosted a Capitol Hill briefing that featured the Strength in Diversity Act and the Century Foundation’s new report on “key…

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