NA&S Activity

National Associations and Stakeholders Activity

Achieve Releases Science Assessment Guidance

Dian Schaffhauser reports that, as states sort out their science standards “all of them are expected to adhere to ‘high-quality’ summative science assessments that meet federal requirements” as defined under Title 1 Part A of ESSA. Achieve “recently released criteria that can be used by…

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Former Education Secretaries Talk “A Nation at Risk” & ESSA

Seven U.S. Department of Education Secretaries came together recently to mark the 35th anniversary of the landmark “A Nation at Risk” report. Leading a discussion, former ABC News White House Correspondent Ann Compton referenced the Collaborative for Student Success’ and Bellwether Education Partners’ www.checkstateplans.org independent review of state…

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ESSA, Funding, and Transparency

Lauren Poteat reports for the Atlanta Voice that ESSA requires the nation’s public schools “to give fully-detailed reports on how and where they spend institutional funding.” This requirement begins in December 2019, and “supporters of the rule, including the NAACP, believe it will help to…

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Using ESSA Data to “Make Informed Decisions”

Mike English writes for eSchool News that with the passage of the deadline for states to submit their final ESSA plans, it’s now “up to school districts to figure out how to capture and report data about student performance.” This additional reporting may seem burdensome,…

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How Are School Choice Advocates Feeling About ESSA Funding Pilot?

Education Week‘s Alyson Klein takes a look at how, under ESSA, districts can apply for a “weighted student funding pilot,” and how this provision was “billed as a victory for the school choice community.” Thus far, “most of the five districts that want to participate…

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Ed Week’s Indispensable ESSA Guide

Education Week’s Alyson Klein writes about the publication’s new special report called “ESSA on the Runway”, which “analyzes the state of ESSA implementation on the eve of the law’s operational debut” and “takes a multifaceted look at just how ready those states, districts, and schools…

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Needs Assessment, Learning, Health and ESSA

The Healthy Schools Campaign and Alliance for a Healthier Generation have released a new guide—Using Needs Assessments to Connect Learning + Health: Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—which “includes important background information, data sources, tips for advocates and sample health and wellness questions…

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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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NGA’s Parker Shares Solutions for State ESSA Implementation

Stephen Parker, who leads the Education and Workforce Committee at the National Governor’s Association, shared a list of solutions for state leaders as they implement their ESSA plans, in a new post on the Fordham Institute’s Flypaper blog. Parker writes, “Approved state plans should be…

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Kangas: Don’t “Underestimate, Shortchange” English-Language Learners with Disabilities

Corey Mitchell writes in Education Week about a seven-month ethnographic study conducted by Lehigh University Assistant Professor Sara Kangas, which found that some educators do not “prioritize language services for ELLs because they had low expectations for the students.” At the same time, many states “didn’t…

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How to Avoid Accountability Mistakes of NCLB for Students of Color

Derrell Bradford, executive director of the New York Campaign for Achievement Now (NYCAN), writes on The 74 that the “ongoing tensions in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act” and concerns “that a provision requiring the disaggregation of student data—for minority students in particular—will…

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NGSS Outlines Stem Funding in Budget

Next Generation Science Standards takes a deep dive into the federal budget to see how STEM programs make out in terms of funding for the next fiscal year. They report that “STEM advocates are celebrating increased funding for programs and initiatives in” ESSA, several of…

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How ESSA Can Support SEL

“Although student achievement in core subjects is commonly used to define success,” writes Laura Ascione in eSchool News, “more educators agree that student success also depends on learning about intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies—commonly known as social and emotional learning, or SEL.”

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ESSA and the “Failed Promise of Local Control”?

ESSA “was supposed to unleash a wave of innovation by getting Uncle Sam off the backs of state and local educators and restoring local control,” says Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham in US News & World Report. “It doesn’t look like they are doing…

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Time for States to “Step Up” on ESSA

ESSA champions have “long argued” the law would “swing the pendulum of control back to the states and, by doing so, unleash the innovative potential of local leaders,” writes educator Sean Worley in The 74. Citing Check State Plans as evidence, Worley explains that “states have fallen…

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ESSA Plans Getting Personal(ized Learning)

EdWeek MarketBrief’s Michele Molnar reports that personalized learning, or at least “some of its components,” make an appearance in most state ESSA accountability plans submitted to the U.S Department of Education, according to a new study by KnowledgeWorks.

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Districts “Raise Their Hands” for ESSA Funding Pilot

“Indianapolis, Puerto Rico, and three other school districts have applied to join the Every Student Succeeds Act’s weighted student-funding pilot during the 2018-19 school year,” writes Education Week’s Alyson Klein. “Participating districts can combine federal, state, and local dollars into a single funding stream tied…

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