NA&S Activity

National Associations and Stakeholders Activity

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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Next Phase of Check State Plans Announced: Promise to Practice

Last week, Collaborative for Student Success announced that, in partnership with HCM Strategists, the organization is undertaking “Check State Plans: Promise to Practice,” which will bring together an updated network of peer reviewers to examine how states are implementing their school improvement plans under the…

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LPI Report Examines States’ Plans to Close Opportunity Gaps

In this recent report, the Learning Policy Institute examines how numerous states are using ESSA to address equity disparities in education, increase inclusivity in schools, and help all students reach their potential. The report “provides information on which states have committed in their ESSA accountability…

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ESSA Preschool Development Grants Building “Foundation of Success”

In The 74, Sarah Rittling makes the case for the importance of early childhood education, and says that ESSA “more fully incorporates state and local efforts to expand early childhood education and the connections that exist between early learning and the K-12 system” as well as “establishes…

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What’s New Under ESSA for Foster Children?

In Education Week, Alyson Klein answers the following query as part of the publication’s ”Answering Your ESSA Questions” series: “What is new for children in foster care under ESSA?” Klein says ESSA “made some key changes for this important population,” including asking districts to “break out achievement data…

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Attendance Works on ESSA and Fighting Chronic Absenteeism

This new report from Attendance Works says that the inclusion of chronic absence in ESSA “was a watershed moment that made this metric an integral component of efforts to help students succeed in school and later in life.” It examines the “scale, scope and concentration of chronic…

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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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Education, ESSA, and Election 2018

Former Delaware Governor Jack Markell writes in Real Clear Education that those who win election in 2018 will have an opportunity to have a significant impact on education policy in their states and districts, especially by shaping how their states implement their accountability plans under ESSA. With…

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Jim Hunt Talks ESSA, Governors, and Building Bipartisan Support for Education

In this video on The 74 website, former North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt “sits down to talk about state-level education leadership under the Every Student Succeeds Act, how governors must realize that their economies are irrevocably linked to the performance—and the goals—of their schools, and how in…

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Do Districts Need to Start “Oversharing” Data?

ESSA’s per-pupil spending reporting requirement “won’t lead to much new data until winter of 2019,” Ary Amerikaner writes for Education Week, but even though education stakeholders are often focused on the latest proverbial “fire drills,” educators and advocates need to start taking this provision seriously right away. “If you…

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ESSA “5th Indicator” Making it Harder, Not Easier to Gauge Student Success?

Taylor Swaak reports for The 74 that while academic achievement has “typically been the gold standard for tracking student gains and school progress,” policymakers hoped ESSA’s “5th indicator” provision would “spur a more innovative approach.” But an “in-depth review by The 74 of plans from…

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NNPA Announces Plan to Poll Black Parents on ESSA

Freddie Allen reports for the Philadelphia Tribune that the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) recently “announced plans to conduct a groundbreaking survey” to gauge the awareness of ESSA within the Black community, as part of their “public awareness campaign focused on ESSA, improving educational outcomes…

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Detailed District Spending Looms—are Schools Ready?

David A. DeSchryver & Noelle Ellerson Ng write in Education Week that ESSA’s “fiscal transparency reporting requirement is a sleeper issue that will demand more of district leaders than just a change in how they communicate policy decisions with their communities.” In fact, it “will…

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Partnering with Parents to Combat Chronic Absenteeism

According to Stacy Teicher Khadaroo at the Christian Science Monitor, chronic absenteeism is a “stubborn problem,” and schools are always looking out for solutions—especially now, because states are required to publicly report chronic absenteeism under ESSA, and “35 states plus the District of Columbia have…

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States, Data, and Meeting Education Goals Under ESSA

States have “made big commitments” in their ESSA accountability plans to leverage data in an effective manner and help reach their education goals, which is a “major recognition of data as a powerful tool when it’s working for students,” The Data Quality Campaign’s Brennan McMahon Parton writes in…

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“Education Policies Must Work in Classrooms”

Candace Hines, a kindergarten teacher in the Achievement School District in Memphis, writes in the Commercial Appeal that ESSA gives her state of Tennessee “more autonomy to design policies to meet the needs of our state’s students.” When thinking about improving student achievement, Hines believes we must consider a…

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Ditching Subsidized Lunch as Student Poverty Metric?

Until recently, economically disadvantaged students have generally been identified by their eligibility for the federal free or reduced-price lunch (FRL) program. But increasing numbers of schools providing free lunch to all under “community eligibility” provisions, can present a challenge for states as they “implement new school accountability…

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States Ready to Apply for ESSA’s Preschool Development Grants

According to Linda Jacobson at Education Dive, starting this week, states will have the ability to start applying for a quarter-of-a-billion dollars in Preschool Development Grants under ESSA that they can use to “expand access to and improve the coordination and quality of early-childhood education programs for children…

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Challenges and Questions ESSA Presents for Districts 

With the school year fast approaching, Alyson Klein asks in Education Week what is “the toughest part of the Every Student Succeeds Act for districts to get a handle on?” To find out, she asked a few experts, including Noelle Ellerson Ng from The School Superintendents Association, Jeff Simering…

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A Look at ESSA’s Transparency Requirement

Daarel Burnette II writes in Education Week that this school year, “an often-overlooked provision in the Every Student Succeeds Act will offer some deeper information when states start reporting to the public school-by-school spending.” For the first time, “actual school spending—rather than average district per-pupil spending—can reveal where the…

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ESSA and the Future of Education Changemaking

Rick Hess opines in Education Week that those “who want to improve the American public education system are facing a unique moment with an abundance of levers to drive change,” including ESSA, which “provides states and localities with increased flexibility in setting goals and designing interventions, which were once…

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Strategic Leadership and School Improvement

Linda Jacobson reports for Education Dive that, with almost all state ESSA plans approved by the U.S. Department of Education, the “question related to school improvement isn’t so much what works to help low-performing schools, but how to implement strategies in the most effective way,”…

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