ESSA Resources

Below are the most recently published resources around ESSA.

ESSA’s “Clues” for Military-Connected Students

In a companion piece in Education Week to Burnette’s article (scroll down to find), Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer delve deeper into the data reporting requirement under ESSA. The Military Student Identifier (MSI), they write, “should provide families, teachers, administrators, and researchers with a clearer understanding…

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The “Black Achievement Paradox Nobody’s Talking About”

As part of Education Week’s 10 Big Ideas in Education series, Daarel Burnette II asks: “Why do black students whose parents serve in the military significantly outperform their peers from black civilian families?” This question has “stumped researchers” for years—especially considering how the vast majority of military families move stations…

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State Report Card Release Deadlines

In Education Week, Alyson Klein answers an anonymous reader’s question about “When do states need to publish their ESSA report cards?” She says that there is “really no deadline,” and that, under ESSA, states are only required to publish their report cards annually.

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“No Time to Waste” on ESSA Personnel Reporting

According to eSchool News, Kronos is sponsoring a webinar on February 6, which will provide information about three primary issues relating to ESSA’s personnel reporting requirements: 1. how “labor impacts ESSA reporting,” 2. the “internal controls to help track time and effort,” and 3. how…

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Wyoming’s New School Report Card

The Pine Bluffs Post reports that a “new tool for parents, educators, and others to access information about Wyoming schools and districts is now available.” The Wyoming Department of Education has created a “user-friendly website to house its State Report Card, as required under ESSA. “Transparency…

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Michigan School Ratings Being Reviewed by State Attorney General

According to Ron French at Bridge Michigan, the “fight over grading Michigan schools on an A-to-F scale apparently isn’t over yet.” The Michigan Department of Education says it “will hold off on implementing the new accountability system because of concerns that parts of the system…

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States Allowed to Try More Than One Test as Part of Innovative Assessment Pilot?

According to Alyson Klein in Education Week, a December message from federal officials to the Georgia Department of Education, state officials who are thinking about applying for ESSA’s Innovative Assessment pilot program “don’t have to pick just one exam for your test drive—but you do have…

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Looking Ahead to the 116th Congress

The 74’s Carolyn Phenicie has “6 Education Predictions for the New Split Congress,” including some “ESSA changes.” The Education Department has “set a March 1, 2019, deadline for states to change their ESSA plans for how they’ll rate schools in the 2019-20 school year,” Phenicie…

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Louisiana’s John White Talks Challenges and Opportunities Under ESSA

In this FutureEd interview, Louisiana Chief John White discusses the state’s participation in the U.S. Dept. of Education’s innovative assessment pilot. “Our hope is that the new assessments will create an incentive for teachers to focus on the meaning of texts, to focus on building…

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Educators for High Standards’ Advocacy Project Capstones

Over the course of the 2017-2018 school year, Educators for High Standards’ Teacher Champions have designed and implemented state-based advocacy projects focused around standards, assessments, and their state’s accountability plans under ESSA. Teacher Champions in Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan, and Wyoming engaged with parents, community members, teachers, and…

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Civil Rights Groups Seek Oversight of DeVos ESSA Implementation

Andrew Ujifusa writes for Education Week that a “leading coalition of civil rights groups wants federal lawmakers to focus on oversight of the U.S. Department of Education when the new Congress begins next year.” In a letter to Capitol Hill, the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights “asked Congress to…

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ESSA Report Cards Roll Out “Frustrates School Leaders”

Daarel Burnette II reports for Education Week that the “rollout of states’ redesigned school accountability systems in recent weeks has reignited tensions between policymakers, practitioners, and parents over how best to define and incentivize school success.” Just about every state developed new accountability systems under…

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We Can Learn from Detroit, Chicago, on Growth and School Ratings

NWEA’s Chris Minnich writes for Learning Policy Institute that, for many years, schools across the nation have “been rated based on a single measure—how well students do on the annual summative test.” But under ESSA, states have built their own accountability systems and incorporated new metrics, both…

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South Carolina Targets 44 Schools for Improvement

Charleston Regional Business reports that the South Carolina Department of Education has released “the first list of 44 Comprehensive Support and Improvement schools as required under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.” The list follows the school report cards that the state’s “education department released…

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Montana Delays Release of School Report Cards

Matt Hoffman writes for the Ravalli Republic that Montana “won’t be releasing its new report cards that evaluate school performance in December as previously planned.” Pointing to “guidance from the Department of Education about the Every Student Succeeds Act,” Montana education officials announced they would not…

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School Improvement = State Improvement

Dale Chu writes in Governing that ESSA gives state education leaders—particularly governors and chiefs—a unique opportunity to provide all students with an excellent education. At the “heart of this opportunity” are state plans, which “outline how each state will ensure educational excellence and equity.” Chu…

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More than 25% of Schools Could “Need Improvement”

Alyson Klein reports for Education Week that states are starting to release their lists of schools targeted for additional support—specifically, “Additional Targeted Schools.” That’s the “wonky term for a particular set of schools that need improvement. Something to watch: It could end up describing anywhere…

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Arizona Needs Improvement on School Improvement

Brenna Bailey reports for the Arizona Daily Star that, while Arizona has long focused on local control of schools, the Collaborative’s Promise to Practice report “says the state’s approach has backfired when it comes to improving its lowest performing schools.” Peer reviewers found that Arizona’s…

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D.C. Releases New School Report Card

Last week, State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) released the District of Columbia’s newest report card and School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) Framework, the Washington Post reports. “District education officials developed the rating system” to comply with ESSA, which “mandated that states and the District create…

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Time To Act On Data, Improving Student Outcomes

Last week, DQC released its annual landscape analysis, Time to Act 2018, which examined state efforts to leverage data to improve student outcomes, and also takes a look at future opportunities to do so under ESSA. DQC’s analysis found that state leaders responded to the opportunities under…

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Maryland releases first public school star rankings

“Last week Maryland released the results of its first-ever report card grading system for state schools,” WBAL Baltimore reports. The system uses a 5-star rating system, with rankings “based on academic and non-academic factors” including “progress in achieving English language proficiency for English Learners, chronic…

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Tennessee Schools to Receive School Improvement Grants

According to The Chattanoogan, state education officials recently announced that ten schools in Tennessee will “receive grants to help spur school improvement.” These ten grants “will total $8.25 million for the selected schools and will provide funding to support specific strategies for school improvement in…

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Understanding Chronic Absenteeism’s Impact

“By the end of this month, the Every Student Succeeds Act has required that schools list chronic absenteeism rates on their state report cards,” writes Brian Stack for MultiBriefs. “Many schools across the country have already started to do this, and the work started with…

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Feds Looking Into ESSA’s “Dangerous School” Transfer Program

Alyson Klein reports for Education Week that a “little-known provision of the Every Student Succeeds Act allows students who attend a ‘persistently dangerous school,’ or who become the victim of a violent crime on school grounds, to transfer to a safer school.” Now, federal officials…

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South Carolina Districts Express Concern Over New Report Cards

“School districts across the state are raising concerns about the newly-released state report cards,” writes Monica Kreber for The Gazette. “Some local school districts’ concerns stem from new data elements, as well as overall concerns with standardized testing.” The state’s new report cards are based…

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