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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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NASSP Hosts Webinar on Student Engagement and School Environments

The National Association of Secondary School Principals hosted a webinar focused on ESSA and student engagement. The session provided insight for viewers into how education leaders and students “can work together” to ensure ESSA “meets the specific needs of their community.” The webinar also explained…

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How States Can Leverage ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Competition

Higher Ed for Higher Standards, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of System Heads, and State Higher Education Executive Officers Association announced a new series of materials, Leveraging ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Completion. Leveraging ESSA is part…

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States Put Communities Back in the Driver’s Seat

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, wrote an opinion piece on the opportunities for states and schools to make “better choices” for students of color under ESSA. Henderson argued that under the new law, states need to…

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Dept. of Education Releases ESSA Resource Site

The Dept. of Education compiled the history, available resources, proposed regulations, guidance and regulatory information, public notice, and negotiated rulemaking on ESSA on their website. The Dept. highlights that “The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the…

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Results for America Makes Policy Recommendations around ESSA

Results for America developed a new webpage featuring the organization’s recommendations and policy approaches to ESSA. RFA recently implemented an “Evidence in Education Lab,” a program to help states navigate the implementation of ESSA. The group also developed a series of ESSA briefing documents to…

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Webinar: Ensuring Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement under ESSA

The National Association of State Boards of Education, the Hunt Institute and the National Council of State Legislatures held a webinar titled, “Ensuring Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement under ESSA,” where state regulators could listen in to a panel discussion on best practices for engaging important stakeholders…

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Summary of State ESSA Tours Underway

  Alabama: Governor developed ESSA Implementation Committee Alaska: Completed webinar presentation series; online tool created for Alaskans to contribute thoughts and questions Arizona: Conducting “We Are Listening Tour”  (end Oct. 6) Arkansas:  Building State Capacity and Productivity Center & South Central Comprehensive Center California: Superintendent’s ESSA Webinar Series Colorado: Completed state listening…

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TN Launches Online Guide to Explain ESSA

The Comptroller of the Treasury created a new online guide to better explain ESSA. The guide breaks ESSA down into six key categories as they relate to Tennessee, and highlights the main changes for each area.

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ESSA Cheat Sheet

Education Week compiled a cheat sheet of what it considers to be some of the most important accountability issues addressed in ESSA and some of the reactions to the regulations ESSA proposes. The issues include school ratings, test participation, accountability indicators, student subgroups, consistently underperforming…

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Timeline

April 3 or September 18, 2017

Proposed deadlines by Dept. of Education for states to turn over individual accountability systems to the Dept. of Education (120 day review process then begins).

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August, 2017

Full implementation of accountability systems

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