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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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Summary of State ESSA Tours and Comment Periods Underway

It’s important for states to solicit public comments and feedback on their education plans. Below is a list of states’ comment periods that are underway and upcoming tours. IOWA The third draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan is now available for public review and comment through…

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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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The Collaborative’s New Blog Series Provides Updates on ESSA

The Collaborative’s new blog series “ESSA Essentials” is a great way to help keep you up to speed on some of the key pieces of news, analysis, and opinion on the Every Student Succeed Act. Building on our weekly ESSA Advance newsletter and the UnderstandingESSA.org…

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New Analysis on what the Media and Experts have Been Saying about ESSA

We’ve officially been releasing the ESSA Advance newsletter for the last year and thought it was time to take a look at what the media, experts, and advocacy groups have been saying. In the new analysis, “ESSA So Far: One Year Analysis of ESSA Media…

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Education Week Develops ESSA Plan Tracker

Education Week developed a “Key Takeaways Dashboard” to track the details of states’ ESSA plans. The dashboard examines states’ overall goals, school ratings, academic indicators, school quality indicators, measuring groups, and opt-out testing. The page also provides direct links to states’ submitted draft plans.

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Ed Week Releases Webpage Recording DeVos School Visits and Impact on ESSA

Education Week released a webpage recording all visits Betsy DeVos has made to schools and the coverage of comments she has made on the impact of ESSA. Education Week will “note the name and location of the school” and “link to any coverage” DeVos discusses.

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NASBE Launches Database Tracking State Board Activity on ESSA

The National Association of State Boards of Education debuted their “State Board Insight Database” designed to track “trends in state boards’ agendas and actions each month” on ESSA implementation. The database is a “library of all information and action items drawn monthly from publicly reported…

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FutureED Launches New Website on ESSA

FutureEd, a non-partisan think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, launched a new website on various education related topics including ESSA examination. The organization is designed to “produce clear, compelling analysis on key education issues” for “policymakers, practitioners, the media, and other…

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CA Dept. of Ed Debuts “School Accountability Dashboard” Website

Under ESSA, the California Dept. of Education debuted a “school accountability dashboard” website. The page is designed to be a “one-stop comparison tool” for its “ability to highlight high-performing schools for best practices and low-performing schools that need the most help.”

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National Education Researcher Database to Launch Fall 2017

The University of Virginia in conjunction with the Jefferson Education Accelerator is building a “comprehensive catalog of education research” in response to ESSA’s call for evidence standards. The National Education Researcher Database (NERD) will launch in the fall of 2017 with an archive of more than “10,000 education researchers, including areas of expertise, contact…

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Foundation for Excellence in Education Releases ESSA Innovation Playbook

The Foundation for Excellence in Education released an ESSA Innovation Playbook designed to “help state policymakers navigate and identify provisions within ESSA” to “advance state priorities including school choice, digital learning, course access and competency-based education.” The playbook outlines six provisions to support local innovation…

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Education Commission of the States Releases New Policy Report on ESSA

The Education Commission of the States shared a policy report on recommendations for states as policymakers develop their ESSA plans. The report represented “big-picture ideas” and offered “state examples and additional resources” for local leaders to use during drafting stages. In the report, the Education…

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U.S. Dept. of Ed Releases Additional ESSA Guidelines for States

The Dept. of Education released additional ESSA guidelines for states. The dept. distributed three documents designed to help states on new plans and goals, state and local report cards, and graduation rates.

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The 74 Releases Informational Video About ESSA

The 74 released an informational video on the “5 Things to Know About ESSA.” The video highlighted the following points: ESSA reduces federal authority over school decisions and gives it back to the states and local districts. States must still give standardized tests every year…

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Website Answers ESSA Questions for State Policymakers

The Foundation for Excellence in Education launched a webpage for state policymakers to ask questions on ESSA. The page features previously answered questions based upon the #AskExcelinEd question and answer series, which began with ESSA basics and is “building toward more technical themes.” The Foundation…

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ASCD Releases Interactive Map for Stakeholders

ASCD released an interactive map for stakeholders to stay informed and engaged during the process of creating state ESSA implementation plans. ASCD says that it is “crucial for educators to be involved” because these decisions impact “accountability systems, professional development and evaluation requirements, and well-rounded…

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Educators Site Launches ESSA Resources

Educators for High Standards launched ESSA for Educators. Organized by the topics important to educators, EFHS provides concise summaries of existing resources, highlighting exactly what teachers and principals need to know. By clarifying the connection between these resources and classroom practice, teacher leadership, school climate, and…

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NAE Launches ESSA-Focused Website

The National Education Association launched their ESSA-focused website, aimed to help states “understand the opportunities presented under ESSA and how to take advantage of the flexibility the law offers.” NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia commented that the organization is taking a “leave no state behind”…

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EWA Seminar Teaches Journalists “ABC’s of ESSA”

The Education Writers Association is hosting a seminar for journalists on the “ABC’s of ESSA” in Chicago on October 6th and 7th. Participants will engage in discussions focused on accountability systems, student assessment, federal funding, and educator retention. More information on the event can be…

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Report Guides Districts on “Mapping Opportunities for the Arts” under ESSA

The Education Commission of the States and the Arts Education Partnership released a new report that gives school districts guidance on “mapping opportunities for the arts” under ESSA. The report identifies ways for states to “achieve goals” within the arts, “share promising examples” of how…

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Krieger Argues that the 95% Student Participation Rate in ESSA is a “Typographical Error”

Nick Krieger, author of a guest blog on Education Week, calls into question the 95 percent student participation rate in ESSA based on a “typographical error” in the legislation. Krieger argues, “while the ESSA unquestionably requires the states to administer yearly assessments in mathematics and…

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Timeline

August, 2018

Full implementation of accountability systems

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