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Recent Dept. of Ed Feedback to Delaware Worries Ed Experts, According to Ed Week

According to Education Week, the Dept. of Education’s recent feedback to Delaware on the state’s ESSA plan is causing a bit of “confusion.” Some experts are worried Sec. DeVos and “her team may be telling different states different things when it comes to how they…

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New Interactive ESSA Map from The 74 and the Collaborative

The 74 and the Collaborative for Student Success released an interactive map that provides viewers updates on where all 50 states are in the ESSA planning process. The map also shares relevant news coverage on how states have constructed their plans and engaged parents, educators…

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American Principles Project Experts Raise Concerns over Dept. of Ed’s Promise of Returning Local Control Back to States

In an opinion piece, Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins, senior fellows at the American Principles Project, argued the Dept. of Education may not be returning as much local control to the states under ESSA as originally promised. The piece examines how states like Delaware, Nevada,…

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CCSSO Responds to Dept. of Education Feedback

The Council of Chief State School Officers responded to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s feedback on ESSA plans submitted by Delaware, Nevada, and New Mexico. CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich said that the Department’s feedback “raises some concerns for state education leaders.” He noted that,…

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Education Week Takes a Look at How States Plan to Fix Struggling Schools Though ESSA

Education Week examined how states are planning to fix struggling schools through their ESSA plans. States that have submitted their ESSA plans look to address “perennially struggling schools, and schools where certain groups of students, like English-language learners, aren’t doing well.”

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NJ, IL, and LA Plans Focusing on English Learners

The 74 highlighted ESSA plans that focused on helping English Learners. According to the piece, New Jersey, Louisiana, and Illinois are “making good use of their newfound flexibility” for EL students. The 74 explains that ESSA leaves important EL decisions up to the states, including:…

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U.S. Dept. of Education Provides Feedback to Delaware, Nevada and New Mexico

According to Education Week, the U.S. Department of Education has given Delaware, Nevada, and New Mexico feedback on their plans, including a detailed list of information they need to provide to get their plans approved. Dale Chu, who is working with the Collaborative for Student…

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Recommendations on K-12 and Higher Ed Alignment

Higher Ed for Higher Standards released a new “Leveraging ESSA” brief detailing how the first 17 states to submit their ESSA plans laid out plans to align K–12 and higher education to support long-term student success – as the group had detailed in its previous…

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The 74 Features the Collaborative’s ESSA Essentials Series

Every Monday morning, The 74 will be featuring the Collaborative for Student Success’ new ESSA Essentials series, which recaps the latest developments surrounding ESSA and featuring political, policy, and procedural news from local districts, states, and the federal government. This week’s recap features some important…

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Best Practice Guide on Educator Equity

The National Council on Teacher Quality released an analysis and best practice guide of educator equity on the 17 state plans that have been released. Each analysis “recognizes notable strengths, or areas where a state’s work is laudable,” as well as “opportunities or areas where…

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How School Districts are Offering Professional Learning Systems under ESSA

The Frontline Research & Learning Institute released a report examining how school districts are offering professional learning systems under ESSA. In reviewing more than 200 school districts across the country, the report highlights New York’s Greece Central School District as a “model for professional development that is…

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Education Post Examines States’ Approaches to School Accountability

Education Post examined how states are approaching school accountability in their ESSA plans. The piece identified that in the 17 plans already submitted to the Dept. of Education, “most states will count most students from traditionally disadvantaged groups—students with disabilities or low-income students,” and “many…

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States Begin to Host Teacher Training Sessions on ESSA Implementation

As states begin to host training sessions on ESSA implementation, Education Week engaged with New Mexico and Louisiana on their efforts. According to New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera, “despite the criticism from union officials, the state’s plan is a product of all New Mexicans…

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Chiefs for Change Takes a Look at Most Promising Teacher Leadership Efforts

Chiefs for Change examined “some of the most promising teacher leadership efforts, and perspectives on how others can learn from those models.” The brief “draws lessons from distinct approaches by Chiefs for Change members — Louisiana, New Mexico, and Tennessee — to elevate the teaching profession,” and…

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Learning Policy Institute & National Education Policy’s Brief on Community Schools under ESSA

In a new brief, the Learning Policy Institute and the National Education Policy Center argue that “community schools can be an effective school improvement strategy” under ESSA. The groups found that “the evidence base on well-implemented community schools and their component features provides a strong…

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Ed Trust Expresses Concerns over State’s Supergroup Methods

In a blog post, The Education Trust raised concerns over states’ use of “supergroup” methods for their ESSA plans. “High-need” groups and “lowest performing” groups are “dominating state plans so far.” According to the post, “Using supergroups takes attention away from individual groups of students,…

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Learning Heroes Hosts Research Webinar on ESSA

Learning Heroes will host a research webinar on effective ways to “communicate school performance and accountability information to parents and guardians in a manner that is accessible and actionable” under ESSA. Learning Heroes worked with Edge Research to “conduct multiple focus groups, surveys, and in-depth…

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Ed Week Takes a Look at How States Define Ineffective Teachers under ESSA

Education Week examined states’ struggle to “define ineffective teachers under ESSA.” Civil rights organizations and other education groups “have expressed deep frustration with how some states ignored this portion of the law in the 17 plans submitted so far” and are “pushing the Education Department…

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Federal Condition of Education Report Focuses on Homeless Students and their Academic Achievement

According to the latest federal Condition of Education report, about “1.3 million American students [without] a safe, stable place to sleep at night” who, under ESSA, will receive additional focus. The law requires that “all states will have to report not just the number of…

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NASBE Identifies Pros and Cons of Fifth Indicators

A new series of policy updates from the National Association of State Boards of Education explores the pros and cons of five frequently discussed indicators: career and technical education, school climate and student discipline, social and emotional learning, chronic absenteeism, and access to high-level course…

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Ed Week Assesses How States will Measure Career Readiness

As states continue to develop and refine their accountability systems under ESSA, Education Week examined whether states will be “able to adequately measure the ‘career’ part of” the college and career readiness “equation.” Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce,…

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