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Priorities for Changing Testing Environment Under ESSA

At Education Next, Laura Slover and Lesley Muldoon discuss the multiple priorities they have identified for states and districts as they “evolve their testing regimes” under ESSA. These include rigor, transparency, and timely results. They call for education leaders “to hold firm on these advances…

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Lexington Institute on Maximizing Effectiveness of MSI

A new report from the Lexington Institute, “aims to provide local education officials nationwide with a number of recommended practices and additional steps that they should consider taking to successfully implement the ESSA military student identifier and effectively use the information collected.” The authors also…

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MPI Fact Sheets Examine EL Demographics in ESSA Context

The Migration Policy Institute’s Julie Sugarman and Courtney Geary, as a part of holding K-12 and school districts accountable for meeting Every Student Succeeds Act mandates, have pulled together a series of fact sheets that provide “an overview of EL student demographics and outcomes” in…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Timeline

August, 2018

Full implementation of accountability systems

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