Education Strategy Group Expert Examines U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Responses to States’ ESSA Plans

Education Strategy Group Expert Examines U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Responses to States’ ESSA Plans

July 5, 2017

In a Fordham Institute blog post, Ryan Reyna, senior associate at Education Strategy Group, commented that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her department “stumbled out of the gate with respect to their initial review of the Delaware, Nevada, and New Mexico’s ESSA state plans.” Reyna argued that each state “received feedback on their submitted ESSA plans on areas to improve—as to be expected—but the responses to state’s proposed long-term goals were anything but expected.” He explained that regardless “of whether you agree or disagree with the reviewers’ evaluation, the problem is that there is no internal consistency about the standard states must meet,” and this “leaves states—both Round One states and those yet to submit—in the lurch.”