John Hopkins Education Expert Calls for Transparency in ESSA Plans

John Hopkins Education Expert Calls for Transparency in ESSA Plans

September 14, 2017

Robert Slavin, director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education, writes that if “state leaders are clear about what qualifies as ‘proven’ under ESSA, and clear about how proper supports are also needed (e.g. needs assessments, high-quality implementation), then this creates an environment in which evidence will, at long last, play an important role in education policy.” He notes that this “was always the intent of the ESSA evidence standards, which were designed to make it easy for states and districts to identify proven programs so that they could incentivize and assist schools in using such programs.”