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

June 21, 2017

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

June 21, 2017

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

June 20, 2017

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

June 16, 2017

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

June 14, 2017

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

June 13, 2017

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

June 13, 2017

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

June 13, 2017

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

June 12, 2017

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

June 10, 2017

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

June 8, 2017

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

June 5, 2017

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

June 5, 2017

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

June 5, 2017

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

June 5, 2017

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

June 1, 2017

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

May 31, 2017

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

May 30, 2017

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

May 26, 2017

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

May 24, 2017

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

May 24, 2017

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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CCSSO Responds to Dept. of Education Feedback

June 16, 2017

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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Recommendations on K-12 and Higher Ed Alignment

June 13, 2017

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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Best Practice Guide on Educator Equity

June 10, 2017

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

June 8, 2017

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

June 5, 2017

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

June 5, 2017

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

June 1, 2017

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

May 31, 2017

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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NASBE Identifies Pros and Cons of Fifth Indicators

May 24, 2017

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 Trust Calls Attention to Importance of Setting High Expectations for Low-Performing Schools

May 18, 2017

Education Trust’s Senior P-12 Data and Policy Analyst Allison Rose Socol authored an opinion piece on state efforts for low-preforming students in their ESSA plans. Socol raised concerns that, among the 17 plans submitted to the Dept. of Education, “many are setting expectations far too...

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English Learner Policy Trends in ESSA Plans

May 11, 2017

Conor Williams, senior researcher for New America’s Education Policy Program, authored a piece on English Learner policy trends in ESSA plans. Williams raised concerns over state plans that are using various forms of “escalating proficiency targets.” He argues that “this approach to ELs and school...

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The Collaborative’s New Blog Series Provides Updates on ESSA

May 5, 2017

The Collaborative’s new blog series “ESSA Essentials” is a great way to help keep you up to speed on some of the key pieces of news, analysis, and opinion on the Every Student Succeed Act. Building on our weekly ESSA Advance newsletter and the UnderstandingESSA.org...

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New Analysis on what the Media and Experts have Been Saying about ESSA

May 2, 2017

We’ve officially been releasing the ESSA Advance newsletter for the last year and thought it was time to take a look at what the media, experts, and advocacy groups have been saying. In the new analysis, “ESSA So Far: One Year Analysis of ESSA Media...

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25 Organizations Write to DeVos with Guidance for Peer Review Process

April 26, 2017

In a letter to Secretary DeVos, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 24 other organizations urged her to “ensure that children receive the support and attention they deserve through the implementation of ESSA.” The groups raised concern over submitted plans that are...

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CASEL Releases New Policy Brief Assessing How States are Utilizing Social and Emotional Learning in ESSA Plans

April 20, 2017

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) released a policy brief examining how states are utilizing social and emotional learning in ESSA plans. The paper suggests five ways for states to successfully incorporate social and emotional approaches: Articulate a well-rounded vision of student...

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New Policy Brief on Leveraging ESSA

April 12, 2017

Higher Ed for Higher Standards, the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of System Heads, and State Higher Education Executive Officers Association released a new policy brief as part of their “Leveraging ESSA” series. The brief identifies “clear strategies for developing aligned K-12”...

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Chiefs for Change Highlights Opportunities under ESSA

April 4, 2017

In The 74 Million, Chiefs for Change’s Anne Hyslop highlights the opportunity for states to be innovative in their use of federal funds. Emphasizing that there is bipartisan support for the flexibility in ESSA, she notes that, “flexibility gives states an opportunity to be thoughtful...

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Educators for High Standards Releases New Report on Teacher Engagement and Perspectives on ESSA

March 29, 2017

As the first submission deadline for state ESSA plans rapidly approaches, Educators for High Standards released a new report, “Teacher Engagement and Perspectives on ESSA: An Eagerness to Engage and Be Heard.” The report, based on a nationwide survey of classroom teachers and teacher advocacy...

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NASBE Launches Database Tracking State Board Activity on ESSA

March 21, 2017

The National Association of State Boards of Education debuted their “State Board Insight Database” designed to track “trends in state boards’ agendas and actions each month” on ESSA implementation. The database is a “library of all information and action items drawn monthly from publicly reported...

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Education Groups Express Disappointment in Dept. of Ed Decision to Remove Stakeholder Engagement in ESSA Plans

March 21, 2017

Eleven education groups sent a letter to the Council of Chief State School Officers “expressing their disappointment” in the Dept. of Education’s decision to remove stakeholder engagement efforts in ESSA plans. The group argued that the “omission of stakeholder engagement as a priority for state...

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FutureED Launches New Website on ESSA

March 17, 2017

FutureEd, a non-partisan think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, launched a new website on various education related topics including ESSA examination. The organization is designed to “produce clear, compelling analysis on key education issues” for “policymakers, practitioners, the media, and other...

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CAP Raises Concerns over Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget

March 17, 2017

Experts from the Center for American Progress posted a blog opposing President Trump’s 2018 federal budget. CAP said the budget “would dismantle public schools through massive cuts to teacher training, after-school programs in public schools, and transfers of public funds to private school vouchers.” They...

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AFT Says Trump’s Proposed Federal Budget Will Negatively Impact ESSA

March 16, 2017

The American Federation of Teachers said that Trump’s budget “takes a meat cleaver to public education” with AFT President Randi Weingarten saying it will negatively impact ESSA’s Title I and Title II funding. Weingarten stated the plan “weakens federal support for job training and employment...

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NGA Releases Statement on DeVos’ Simplified ESSA Implementation Plan

March 13, 2017

The National Governor’s Association (NGA) released a statement on Secretary DeVos’ simplified ESSA implementation plan release. According to the statement, the governors are “concerned that the Department’s revised template fails to prioritize proper stakeholder engagement.” NGA has “led national efforts to encourage significant input” from stakeholders and...

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Survey Reveals Board Member are “Feeling Encouraged” About Role and Influence through ESSA

March 9, 2017

A recent survey by the National Association of State Boards of Education revealed that board members are “feeling encouraged” about their “role and influence over education policy thanks to more leadership opportunities under ESSA.” Through the law, members are able to offer input on decisions related to standards, assessments, and...

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National Education Researcher Database to Launch Fall 2017

March 7, 2017

The University of Virginia in conjunction with the Jefferson Education Accelerator is building a “comprehensive catalog of education research” in response to ESSA’s call for evidence standards. The National Education Researcher Database (NERD) will launch in the fall of 2017 with an archive of more than “10,000 education researchers, including areas of expertise, contact...

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New CAP Report Shares Guidelines for Designing School Classification Models

March 3, 2017

The Center for American Progress released a report on designing accountability systems under ESSA. The report’s authors encourage states not to “just comply with ESSA,” but to “take advantage of the flexibility afforded by the law in order to develop classification systems that reflect their state vision for education and that...

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Civil and Human Rights Groups Oppose ESSA Regulation Rollback

March 3, 2017

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 30 other organizations sent a letter to U.S. Senators opposing the possible rolling back of accountability regulations. The groups argued these regulations will help schools “faithfully implement the law” and “meet their legal obligations to historically marginalized groups of students including students of color, students with disabilities, and...

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CCSSO and Education Strategy Group Make Recommendations for Developing Accountability Systems that Value College and Career Readiness

March 2, 2017

The Council of Chief State School Officers and Education Strategy Group released recommendations for states as they develop ESSA accountability systems that “value college and career readiness” and “better support all students in achieving success after high school.” According to Matthew Gandal, president of Education Strategy Group, “college and career readiness is not prioritized in school...

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Recommendations for Professional Development and Student Engagements Around Assessments

March 1, 2017

The National Task Force on Assessment Education and the Council of Chief State School Officers released a recommendations “for professional development and parent and student engagement around assessments.” The guidance “helps states and districts discover provisions and flexibility in ESSA” and “outlines specific policies, practices, and language that improve individual student...

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Johns Hopkins University Launches “Evidence for ESSA”

February 28, 2017

The Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University launched “Evidence for ESSA,” a website that “reviews every math and reading program for grades K to 12” and determines which programs “meet the strong, moderate, or promising levels of evidence defined in...

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What ESSA Means for Schools, Systems, and the States

February 23, 2017

Frederick Hess, resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and Max Eden, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, authored a book on what ESSA means for “schools, systems, and the states.” The authors “explore conflicts and compromises that shaped the emerging law” and...

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Foundation for Excellence in Education Releases ESSA Innovation Playbook

February 16, 2017

The Foundation for Excellence in Education released an ESSA Innovation Playbook designed to “help state policymakers navigate and identify provisions within ESSA” to “advance state priorities including school choice, digital learning, course access and competency-based education.” The playbook outlines six provisions to support local innovation...

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Chiefs for Change and Education Resource Strategies Release New Policy Paper on ESSA

February 8, 2017

Chiefs for Change and Education Resource Strategies (ERS) released a policy paper examining how local leaders can “make financial transparency a springboard to real equity and better outcomes for students” under ESSA. The report examined three challenges districts are faced with financial transparency and how...

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New Set of Recommendations for State Education Chiefs on Improving Equity Under ESSA

February 2, 2017

The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program and the Council of Chief State School Officers released a set of recommendations for state education chiefs on improving equity for students under ESSA. According to Education Week, the guidelines are a “culmination of months of work by...

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American Enterprise Institute Releases “101 Guide” on ESSA

January 31, 2017

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) released a “101 Guide” on ESSA, which highlighted the transition from NCLB to ESSA. The goal of the guide is to “introduce ESSA’s broad contours,” but “not to provide comprehensive explanations of the law’s intricacies and ramifications.”

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NCTQ Publishes New Report on Teacher Evaluation Systems Under ESSA

January 25, 2017

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) published a new report on opportunities for teacher evaluation systems under ESSA. NCTQ argued that since ESSA does not require “teacher-evaluation systems based in significant part on students’ test scores,” states are “given states flexibility to tinker with...

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Organizations Combine Efforts to Improve Teacher Quality

January 24, 2017

As reported by The 74, Learning Forward merged with the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future to “combine their efforts to improve teacher quality” under ESSA. Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward, stated this was “prefect timing” for the groups to join because...

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New Toolkit Designed to Help States Plan ESSA Implementation

January 24, 2017

Leading Educators, in collaboration with Education First, released a “State Teacher Leadership Toolkit” designed to help states plan ESSA implementation. The toolkit provides a “playbook” for states to “develop a framework to guide the planning, design, implementation, and assessment of teacher leadership initiatives.” The document...

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Education Commission of the States Releases New Policy Report on ESSA

January 24, 2017

The Education Commission of the States shared a policy report on recommendations for states as policymakers develop their ESSA plans. The report represented “big-picture ideas” and offered “state examples and additional resources” for local leaders to use during drafting stages. In the report, the Education...

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Johns Hopkins University Launches New ESSA Website

January 12, 2017

In February, the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University will launch a website that “reviews every math and reading program for grades K to 12” and determine which programs “meet the strong, moderate, or promising levels of evidence defined in...

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Andy Smarick Discusses State Boards Role Under ESSA

January 10, 2017

In a recent American Enterprise Institute publication, Andy Smarick discussed opportunities for state boards under ESSA. Smarick explained that because board members are drafting their state’s accountability plans, “they should probably resist the impulse to create a streamlined, ‘unified’ approach.” He argues that if the...

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The 74 Releases Informational Video About ESSA

January 4, 2017

The 74 released an informational video on the “5 Things to Know About ESSA.” The video highlighted the following points: ESSA reduces federal authority over school decisions and gives it back to the states and local districts. States must still give standardized tests every year...

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NEA President Calls for Renewed Commitment to Public Education

January 3, 2017

National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, issued a statement to Congress calling for a “renewed commitment to public education.” By passing ESSA, Garcia argued Congress “acted with the best interests of all students in mind” and should now allow local communities “the room to...

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Webinar for Stakeholders Highlights Equity Opportunities under ESSA

December 14, 2016

The Alliance for Excellent Education and Learning Policy Institute held a webinar for stakeholders on equity opportunities under ESSA. The webinar focused on how states can “effectively design multiple-measure accountability systems to assess overall school performance and progress” and “drive evidence-based interventions and continuous improvement.”...

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CCSSO Guide Can Help States Use ESSA to Elevate School Leadership

December 13, 2016

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) launched a new guide for states working to elevate school leadership in ESSA plans. The guide outlined the importance of states using Title I and Title II funding to enhance programs for teachers and administration. According to...

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RAND Report Shares How States Can Use ESSA to Bolster Principals

December 13, 2016

The Rand Corporation released a report on school leadership interventions under ESSA. The report highlighted various programs’ “success in improving student or other outcomes” and “the level of evidence they meet.” The piece also showcased how schools can utilize Title I and Title II funds...

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Policy Experts Urge States to Use ESSA to Focus on Low-Income, High Achieving Students

December 13, 2016

The Center for American Progress, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and the Thomas B. Fordham Institute issued a letter to governors and chief state school officers urging them to utilize ESSA’s flexibility to focus on low-income high achievers. The groups call for three components to...

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AASA Says Dept. of Education Hasn’t Fully Addressed Concerns over Regulations

December 13, 2016

The School Superintendents Association (AASA) issued a statement on the Dept. of Education’s final ESSA accountability regulations. AASA argued the Dept. did not “fully address concerns” over regulations on the summative indicator. The group did, however, find that the final rulings were “much more closely...

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How to Design Systems to Support School Quality and Student Success under ESSA

December 8, 2016

Center for American Progress released a report on designing systems to support school quality and student success under ESSA. The group issued four recommendations for states as they develop their accountability systems. States and districts should use a variety of indicators under a broader system...

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Website Answers ESSA Questions for State Policymakers

December 7, 2016

The Foundation for Excellence in Education launched a webpage for state policymakers to ask questions on ESSA. The page features previously answered questions based upon the #AskExcelinEd question and answer series, which began with ESSA basics and is “building toward more technical themes.” The Foundation...

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How States and Districts Can Improve Their Teacher Evaluation Systems under ESSA

December 5, 2016

Bellwether Education Partners released an analysis for states and districts as they consider changes to teacher evaluation systems under ESSA. The report also examined the “polarizing politics and ideology of teacher evaluation to demonstrate the risks policymakers face” and suggests how to “mitigate those risks.”...

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Leadership Conference Education Fund Releases Guide on Advocating for Equity

December 1, 2016

The Leadership Conference Education Fund released the “Every Student Succeeds Act Guide for Advocates,” a guide for stakeholders to advocate for equity in ESSA implementation. The guide includes a glossary of terms, fact sheets, overviews of regulatory processes, state plan regulations, and ESSA reauthorization. The...

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ESSA Praised for “Establishing Clear Standards” for Evaluations and Other Measures

November 30, 2016

Thomas Toch, director of the Center on the Future of American Education at the McCourt School of Public Policy, commented on the Dept. of Education’s educator effectiveness guidance. Toch praised the recommendations for “establishing clear standards” for evaluations and using other measures such as “student...

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ESSA and Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos’ Education Agenda

November 30, 2016

Elizabeth Mann, a fellow in governance studies at Brookings, discussed the impact that ESSA will have on Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos’ education agenda. Mann concluded that since ESSA prohibits the “secretary from requiring states to adopt specific standards,” DeVos’ best way to impact policy...

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Online Tool Helps States Use Title I for Direct Student Services

November 28, 2016

Chiefs for Change debuted online tools to help states use Title I funding under ESSA for Direct Student Services (DSS). The tools seek to help states interested in “targeting funding for innovative approaches.” Chiefs for Change also released a model application, policy paper, and a...

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Study Finds Professional Development for Teachers Lacking

November 23, 2016

Frontline Research and Learning Institute found that only 20 percent of professional development and training for teachers meets the definition of “high-quality professional learning” under ESSA. In order for ESSA requirements to be met, professional development must meet six conditions: 1. not a stand-alone, short-term...

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What Education Issues Will Be at the Top of the Trump Administration’s Priority List?

November 22, 2016

Education Week examined what education issues will be at the top of the Trump administration’s priority list. The piece argued that states are “ready to push the ESSA envelope” and “people who hate the Obama administration’s draft ESSA regulations” will be a top priority for...

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Six Policy Recommendations from iNACOL on Redefining Student Success

November 21, 2016

Education Week highlighted the International Association for K-12 Online Learning’s (iNACOL) recent report on six policy recommendations for states to take advantage of opportunities under ESSA to “redefine student success:” Rethink accountability for continuous improvement; Redesign systems of assessments to align with student-centered learning; Transform systems...

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The Effects of Recent State Board of Education Elections on ESSA Plans

November 18, 2016

The National Association of State Boards of Education issued a policy update on the effects of recent state board of education elections on ESSA plans. According to NASBE, due to the “uncertain trajectory of federal rule making around ESSA” and unknown state election results, it...

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Resources for for Higher Education Leaders to Leverage ESSA

November 18, 2016

Higher Ed for Higher Standards – in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), National Association of System Heads (NASH), and State Higher Education Executive Officers Association (SHEEO) – released new resources for higher education leaders to “leverage ESSA.” The latest document, “Strategies to Support Student K-12 to...

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Online Tool Helps Districts Set Learning Goals, Measure Progress

November 17, 2016

Chiefs for Change, Johns Hopkins School of Education, and analytics firm Tembo launched an online tool designed to help districts set learning goals and measure school progress under ESSA. According to Chiefs for Change CEO Mike Magee, the “Student Growth Simulator” will help “set goals...

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TeachStrong Guidance for States to Modernize Teaching Profession

November 16, 2016

TeachStrong developed guidance for states on how ESSA can be used to “modernize and elevate the teaching profession” though Title II funding. They lay out strategies that would “operationalize the nine TeachStrong principles” for states to propose “bold changes” to programs that are designed to...

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State Leaders Discuss “Intractable Education Problems” at Hunt Institute Event

November 16, 2016

Education Week covered a post-election ESSA conference hosted by the Hunt Institute, noting that the event focused on “states’ intractable education problems.” Representative Sharon Tomiko Santos (D-WA) raised concern that states are “so narrowly focused on developing the ESSA” that they may “lose sight of...

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Using ESSA to Successfully Educate Children in Poverty

November 16, 2016

In a Huffington Post blog, Mark Elgart, president and CEO of AdvancED, raised concern over the election aftermath and the future of ESSA. Elgart argued that many state plans are still being developed and “continue to focus on maintaining a compliance regulatory function of accountability”...

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ExcelinEd Playbook Details Four Core Areas of ESSA

November 16, 2016

The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) released their first ESSA playbook designed to provide stakeholders with recommendations and resources on implementation focusing on the “four core areas of ESSA:” school accountability, interventions, using ESSA to advance state innovations, and ESSA’s weighted student funding pilot....

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NEPC’s Indicators for Support, Safety, and Respect in the Classroom

November 15, 2016

In a policy memo by the National Education Policy Center, William Penuel, Elizabeth J. Meyer, and Michelle Renée Valladares, of the University of Colorado Boulder, provided direction for schools when “selecting indicators” under ESSA that are designed to address “students’ perceptions of support, safety, and...

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Fordham Analysis Looks at Accountability for High Achievers

November 15, 2016

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute released an analysis of state accountability systems for high-achieving high school students under ESSA. The report concluded that only four states have “praiseworthy systems”, and an additional four are “moving in the right direction.” The group ranked each state on...

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NNSTOY Videos Identify Opportunities for Educators to Engage on ESSA

November 15, 2016

The National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) released a video series on opportunities for educators to engage with policymakers under ESSA. Katherine Bassett, president and CEO of NNSTOY, praised the videos for containing “great strategies for teacher leaders to get in the...

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CCSSO and Parent Groups Identify How Parents Can Engage around ESSA

November 14, 2016

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) partnered with the National PTA and Learning Heroes to release two resources – Parent Engagement Guidelines and a Discussion Framework – for states to create stronger parental engagement under ESSA. The organizations identified “effective strategies” needed to...

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AEI Panel Discusses ESSA Implementation During the Trump Administration

November 10, 2016

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a panel discussion on the potential impact the Trump administration will have on education. Panel members discussed ESSA’s timeline and ruled that aside from rolling back a few regulations, states are in control of the law’s implementation. Frederick Hess,...

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How Incoming Trump Administration Will Impact ESSA

November 9, 2016

Michael Petrilli, President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, published a blog post on the implementation of ESSA under President-elect Trump. Petrilli argued that the administration would likely “rip up” some regulations that the Obama administration sought to implement. The new administration would likely “go...

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Civil Rights Leaders Comment on “Supplement, Not Supplant” Rule, Equity, and Title I

November 7, 2016

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition “charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights,” submitted comments to the Dept. of Education on the proposed “supplement, not supplant” rule. “Resource...

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Council of State Governments Midwest Release Policy Brief on In-State Activities

November 3, 2016

The Council of State Governments Midwest posted a policy brief outlining some of the details of ESSA including an estimated implementation timeline and summary of publicly available information from Midwestern state education agencies on their ESSA activities. States in the brief include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,...

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CCSSO Proposes Alternative to “Supplement, Not Supplant” Language

November 1, 2016

In response to the Dept. of Education’s proposed “supplement, not supplant,”  the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a proposal laying out alternative language. Formally submitted through the Dept. of Education’s online comment platform, the new language would “establish important guardrails” in order...

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AASA Sends Letter to Dept. of Education on “Supplement, Not Supplant” Regulations

October 31, 2016

AASA, the School Superintendents Association, highlighted a joint letter on the Dept. of Education’s proposed “supplement, not supplant” regulations, which called them “far-reaching federal mandates” that are “in conflict with the spirit and intent of the underlying statute, which is premised on state and local...

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Four Critical Opportunities for States That Are Developing New Testing Programs

October 28, 2016

KnowledgeWorks released “A Better Approach to Assessment,” which includes new resources for states that are developing new testing programs and requirements under ESSA. An infographic highlights the four critical opportunities states have when “developing student-centered assessment systems” that have the “potential to increase engagement, provide...

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Hamilton Project Recommends Measurement of Chronic Absenteeism

October 28, 2016

The Hamilton Project authored a report recommending the measurement of chronic absenteeism as ESSA’s fifth indicator, which the authors identify as a choice states must make under ESSA to measure “school quality or student success.” The report evaluated accountability systems under NCLB and how improvements...

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ASCD Releases Interactive Map for Stakeholders

October 28, 2016

ASCD released an interactive map for stakeholders to stay informed and engaged during the process of creating state ESSA implementation plans. ASCD says that it is “crucial for educators to be involved” because these decisions impact “accountability systems, professional development and evaluation requirements, and well-rounded...

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Five Toolkits to Help Stakeholders Leverage ESSA

October 26, 2016

The Alliance for Excellent Education released five toolkits to help stakeholders “create-next generation high schools” by “leveraging opportunities available” under ESSA. The information provided is designed to “bolster the college and career readiness of all students” and is “changing approaches to student learning by emphasizing...

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Progressive Policy Institute’s ESSA Event Focuses on Importance of High Standards

October 19, 2016

The Progressive Policy Institute hosted a panel discussion on the importance of implementing meaningful academic achievement standards for students and schools under ESSA. The panel featured David Osborne, senior fellow and director of the Progressive Policy Institute’s Reinventing America’s School Project, as well as the...

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Chiefs for Change Share How States Can Better Measure School Quality and Success

October 17, 2016

In a new policy paper, Chiefs for Change urged states to “choose research-proven indicators to guide education quality.” The paper, titled “ESSA Indicators of School Quality and Student Success,” analyzed various research methods that states can select to measure school quality and success. Chiefs for...

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NEA Webinar Profiles Educator-Led Approaches to ESSA Implementation

October 17, 2016

The National Education Association hosted a webinar with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development on ESSA implementation. NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia argued that educators not only “have the opportunity” to make changes under ESSA, but they also “have the responsibility” to work together...

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Educators Site Launches ESSA Resources

October 17, 2016

Educators for High Standards launched ESSA for Educators. Organized by the topics important to educators, EFHS provides concise summaries of existing resources, highlighting exactly what teachers and principals need to know. By clarifying the connection between these resources and classroom practice, teacher leadership, school climate, and...

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NAE Launches ESSA-Focused Website

October 14, 2016

The National Education Association launched their ESSA-focused website, aimed to help states “understand the opportunities presented under ESSA and how to take advantage of the flexibility the law offers.” NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia commented that the organization is taking a “leave no state behind”...

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CCSSO and Aspen Institute Release Eight Equity Priorities for States

October 13, 2016

The Council of Chief State School Officers and the Aspen Institute Education and Society Program released a framework for states as they work to find “equity in education” under ESSA. The release outlined eight equity priorities for states to implement in order to improve equal...

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NTFAET Issues Recommendations on Assessment Systems under ESSA

October 12, 2016

The National Task Force on Assessment Education for Teachers issued a brief on defining assessment systems under ESSA. The group called for states and districts to understand how to “appropriately select, use, analyze, and communicate about the results” of student assessments. The brief can be...

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National Association of School Psychologists Releases ESSA Resources and Factsheets

October 11, 2016

The National Association of School Psychologists unveiled new policy resources on ESSA implementation, arguing that in order to provide equal opportunity for all students, “the voice and leadership of school psychologists will be critical.” Resources include factsheets for school psychologists and decision makers, resources from...

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How States Can Use Data to See What’s Working for Students

October 11, 2016

The Data Quality Campaign released recommendations that outline opportunities within ESSA “to use data to examine what is working for students—and what is not—to meet states’ education goals.” Within the recommendations, DQC has laid out “Four Policy Priorities,” which are meant to “help states do...

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CEP Asks Teacher Focus Group About ESSA

October 11, 2016

The Center on Education Policy conducted five elementary teacher focus groups covering various classroom issues including the implementation of ESSA. Educators from Delaware, Illinois, Utah, and Wisconsin participated in discussions during spring and summer of 2016 and mentioned concerns about the “high stakes of state...

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Using ESSA to Expand Personalized Learning in Rural Schools

October 11, 2016

Bellwether Education Partners released a new report on the use of personalized learning in rural schools. The paper called for states to “explore alternative accountability mechanisms” through ESSA’s flexibility in the Innovative Assessment pilot program. However, Bellwether expressed concerns that students and schools are largely...

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Six Ways Schools Can Improve Their Accountability Systems

October 7, 2016

David Osborne, director at the Progressive Policy Institute, wrote an opinion piece in US News and World Report citing six ways that schools can improve their accountability systems under ESSA. Osborne argued that “if we want 21st century schools,” districts must be held “accountable to...

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Op-ed Examines How to Improve Assessments under ESSA

October 6, 2016

In an op-ed published by US News and World Report, Sara Mead of Bellwether Education Partners examined standardized testing under ESSA, raising questions about whether waiting until third grade to gauge performance is too late to catch under-performing students. ESSA requires annual assessments for students...

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EWA Seminar Teaches Journalists “ABC’s of ESSA”

October 5, 2016

The Education Writers Association is hosting a seminar for journalists on the “ABC’s of ESSA” in Chicago on October 6th and 7th. Participants will engage in discussions focused on accountability systems, student assessment, federal funding, and educator retention. More information on the event can be...

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FairTest Details Ways States Can Construct New Assessment Systems

October 5, 2016

FairTest released a report detailing ways states can construct new assessment systems under ESSA to “replace testing overkill.” The piece identified the “Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority” pilot program that allows up to seven states to implement new assessment systems that will replace existing standardized tests.”...

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How Should States Define School Quality Under ESSA?

October 4, 2016

Chad Aldeman, a principal at Bellwether Education, authored a new report, “Grading Schools: How States Should Define ‘School Quality’ Under the Every Student Succeeds Act.” Aldeman argues that accountability systems are best for states to “signal what it values and how schools should be working...

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Report Guides Districts on “Mapping Opportunities for the Arts” under ESSA

October 4, 2016

The Education Commission of the States and the Arts Education Partnership released a new report that gives school districts guidance on “mapping opportunities for the arts” under ESSA. The report identifies ways for states to “achieve goals” within the arts, “share promising examples” of how...

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CAP Director Testifies to House Subcommittee on “Supplement, Not Supplan” Rule

October 3, 2016

Scott Sargrad, managing director of K-12 Education Policy for the Center for American Progress, testified in front of the U.S. House Education Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education on the “supplement, not supplant” rule under ESSA. Sargrad argued this new funding provision is...

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NASSP Hosts Webinar on Student Engagement and School Environments

September 28, 2016

The National Association of Secondary School Principals hosted a webinar focused on ESSA and student engagement. The session provided insight for viewers into how education leaders and students “can work together” to ensure ESSA “meets the specific needs of their community.” The webinar also explained...

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How States Can Leverage ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Competition

September 28, 2016

Higher Ed for Higher Standards, in partnership with the Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of System Heads, and State Higher Education Executive Officers Association announced a new series of materials, Leveraging ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Completion. Leveraging ESSA is part...

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Results for America Makes Policy Recommendations around ESSA

September 22, 2016

Results for America developed a new webpage featuring the organization’s recommendations and policy approaches to ESSA. RFA recently implemented an “Evidence in Education Lab,” a program to help states navigate the implementation of ESSA. The group also developed a series of ESSA briefing documents to...

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Webinar: Ensuring Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement under ESSA

September 22, 2016

The National Association of State Boards of Education, the Hunt Institute and the National Council of State Legislatures held a webinar titled, “Ensuring Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement under ESSA,” where state regulators could listen in to a panel discussion on best practices for engaging important stakeholders...

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Civil Rights Organizations Make Recommendations to NY on Accountability

September 20, 2016

In conjunction with Education Trust-New York, an “unprecedented coalition” of 12 education, business, and civil rights organizations, cosigned a policy memo detailing recommendations for the state of New York to use ESSA to create accountability systems that “maintain high standards, prioritize closing achievement gaps, ensure...

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CAP and ERS Report Details How to Improve Low-Performing Schools

September 13, 2016

The Center for American Progress (CAP) and Education Resource Strategies (ERS) released a report detailing how states can improve low-performing schools under ESSA. The authors highlight turnaround efforts as a high priority because ESSA “gives states greater autonomy” to allocate Title I dollars to these new...

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Could “Supplement, Not Supplant” Present Challenges for Struggling Districts?

September 7, 2016

Chad Miller, director of education policy for the American Action Forum, commented on the Dept. of Education’s proposed “supplement, not supplant” regulations on the organization’s blog. Miller noted his concern for struggling school districts that could face challenges in funding under the proposed regulations. He...

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Would “Supplement, Not Supplant” Create New Hurdles for Districts

September 7, 2016

In an opinion piece published by US News and World Report, Nat Malkus, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute commented on the Dept. of Education’s proposed “supplement, not supplant” regulations under ESSA. He concluded that the rule could create a “new set of...

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Debate Continues over Proposed “Supplement, Not Supplant” Regulations

September 2, 2016

Max Eden, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, argues that the Dept. of Education’s proposed “supplement, not supplant” regulations contradict the intentions of ESSA in a blog published by The Hill. Eden says the funding provisions will harm the education system by “disrupting school...

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Education Officials Critique “Supplement, Not Supplant” Provision

September 1, 2016

Governor’s organizations and school and state officials express concerns over the “supplement, not supplant” provision, which were highlighted by US News & World Report. Noelle Ellerson, associate executive director of policy and advocacy at the School Superintendents Association, argued the rule does not reflect the...

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Experts Responsed to Dept. of Education’s “Supplement Not Supplant” Rules

August 31, 2016

Several education experts responded to the Dept. of Education’s proposed “supplement, not supplant” rules, according to the Washington Post. Many praised the intent of the rule, but some voiced concerns regarding the intention and delivery of the new provisions: Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council...

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How States Can Help Both High-Achieving and Low-Performing Students

August 30, 2016

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute released a new report detailing how states can take advantage of ESSA to not only help serve “low-performing students” but to also ensure the “educational needs of high-achieving students” are being met. The report recommends four design changes to states’...

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Increasing Student Engagement in Performance-Based Assessments

August 29, 2016

A new study from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) and the Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning, and Equity’s (SCALE) looks to “provide guidance to educators, assessment developers, and policymakers on how to increase student engagement in performance-based assessments.” The authors note...

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State and Local Funding Options for English Language Learners

August 25, 2016

The Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy released a report reviewing the funding options that state and local agencies can use for English learners. Among the programs highlighted, the report included ESSA’s Title III provision that allows states flexibility when improving immigrant...

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EdWeek Highlights Key Groups That Have Weighed in on ESSA Drafts

August 24, 2016

Education Week continued highlighting “key groups that have weighed in on the draft ESSA regulations covering accountability.” This week’s summary includes: The National Association of Elementary School Principals, and National Association of Secondary School Principals are concerned that the proposed regulations may inhibit the goal...

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NASBE Report Identifies How States Can Use ESSA to Better Help At-Risk Populations

August 24, 2016

The National Association of State Boards of Education released their August Policy Update Series on strategies that states can use to “address the challenges and educational inequalities facing some of the most disenfranchised, at-risk student populations in the country.” NASBE’s series details five “at-risk populations”...

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Guide for Schools on Creating Positive School Climates

August 24, 2016

Futures Without Violence released a guide for states and school districts on how ESSA can create “positive school climates, and in particular prevent and respond to the needs of children suffering from exposure to violence and the effects of trauma.” The health and social justice...

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Incorporating Physical Education into States’ Plans

August 18, 2016

The American Heart Association sees ESSA as a vehicle for states to “include PE in their plans for a fair, equitable and high-quality education.” AHA’s 2016 Shape of the Nation found “few states [with] a minimum time requirement for PE” while “some schools use PE...

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Report Provides Strategies for States to Achieve a “Culture of Excellence”

August 18, 2016

A report from Public Impact provides states with strategies for going beyond the requirements of ESSA to “achieve a culture of excellence.” Arguing that states need a “new approach,” the report details four areas in which states can “substantially increase the positive impact of federal...

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ECS Re-Releases Three Key Reports

August 16, 2016

In addition to a comprehensive report filed by the Education Commission of the States on ESSA, ECS re-released three past policy reports related to the new legislation. The first report details ways in which state departments can support student access to education. The second provides...

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State Legislator Group Report Outlines Best Practices for Education Systems

August 9, 2016

Members of the National Conference of State Legislators’ Education Study Group released a report outlining best practices from “successful education systems” in various countries around the world.  The lawmakers explained how ESSA is an opportunity to implement these practices in the United States education system.

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ECS Report Answers Questions about ESSA Implementation

August 8, 2016

The Education Commission of the States issued a comprehensive report on questions and concerns regarding the implementation of ESSA. The report is designed to “provide the foundation for informed decision-making on key issues” for states as they move forward with driving the policy into practice...

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State Legislators Meet to Discuss Assessments and Accountability

August 8, 2016

Members of the National Conference of State Legislatures met to discuss ESSA and the “flexibility it provides to redesign state assessments and accountability systems.” Officials reviewed a number of documents while hearing how states are taking “new, creative approaches to educational accountability.” National Conference of...

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20,000 Comments Submitted on Dept. of Education’s Proposed Accountability Regulations

August 4, 2016

The Dept. of Education received more 20,000 comments regarding their proposed ESSA accountability regulations. The suggested regulations – “arguably the most controversial and tricky part of ESSA” – are meeting unified resistance on some parts, such as the requirement for schools to be identified for...

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Comments Due to Dept. of Education August 1

August 1, 2016

On 8/1, comments were due to the Dept. of Education regarding the proposed regulations under ESSA. Notable comments included: 32 civil rights and education groups filed joint comments on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed accountability regulations under ESSA. Led by the Leadership Conference for...

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Brookings Panel Discusses the Future of Accountability under ESSA

July 29, 2016

The Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy hosted a panel discussion last week featuring Hanseul Kang, state superintendent for the District of Columbia, and Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO, focusing on the future of accountability under ESSA. Notably, the event was hosted by...

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Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights Calls for Public Comments

July 26, 2016

The Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights published an action alert, calling for comments on the Dept. of Education’s ESSA’s draft rules and urging commenters to demand “accountability for the achievement of all students, parent and family engagement, easily accessible and user-friendly data, and...

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Chiefs for Change Submit Public Comments to Dept. of Education

July 21, 2016

Chiefs for Change submitted their public comments on the proposed ESSA regulations to the Dept. of Education. The organization commends the proposed rules for balancing state and local flexibility while maintaining federal “guiderails” to ensure the new law benefits students. Members have also voiced support...

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Results for America Releases Resources For States on ESSA Evidence Requirements

July 20, 2016

Results for America, an organization that focuses on programs that “use evidence and data to improve quality and get better results,” produced a series of resources for states and school districts to better comprehend and effectively implement the ESSA evidence requirements. The documents include formats...

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Experts Submit Letter to Secretary John King on Key Measures of Accountability

July 20, 2016

More than 40 education experts sent a letter to Education Secretary John King, urging him move away from using proficiency rates as the key measure of school accountability under ESSA. The letter encourages the Dept. of Education to adopt Average Scale Scores and Proficiency Index...

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ESSA’s Evidence-Based Provision for School Interventions, Explained

July 20, 2016

Chiefs for Change released a paper, “ESSA and Evidence: Why It Matters,” this week, which provides insight into ESSA’s evidence-based provision for school interventions. It argues that accountability programs strong track records are better alternatives to maintaining old or non-vetted models. According to Chiefs for...

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Brookings Report Looks at ESSA’s “Wraparound Services” for Low-Income Students

July 15, 2016

The Brookings Institution has published a report addressing ESSA’s “wraparound services” –  programs designed to boost low-income student performance by “developing or securing and coordinating supports that target academic and non-academic barriers to achievement.” Under ESSA, the ability to address barriers to low-income and other...

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Brookings Addresses “Supplement, Not Supplant” Provisions within ESSA

July 13, 2016

The Brookings Institution has published a report addressing the current debate over the “supplement, not supplant” provisions within ESSA. The report argues that debate over how much authority the federal government should have on allotment of Title I dollars is missing the actual issue. The...

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Brookings Report Looks at Low-Income Students and Impact of ESSA

June 30, 2016

According to a new Brookings Institution report, the impact of ESSA on low-income students is still unknown. The Dept. of Education has not released official guidelines on how states should track student subgroups, including those from low-income families. Traditionally, states have measured this by the...

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ECS Publishes Guide on “Well-Rounded Education”

June 29, 2016

The Education Commission of the States published a guide that details “what constitutes a well-rounded education, how [states] ensure students across their state have access to it, and how, if at all, the U.S. Department of Education plans to hold their state accountable to it.”...

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International Literacy Association Conference To Cover ESSA

June 29, 2016

The International Literacy Association (ILA) announced that its 2016 Conference & Exhibits in Boston will include a special session on engaging with “the key stakeholders of ESSA.” Participants will learn about the new “flexible funding platform” and how Title I officials, district administrators and literacy...

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“Intermediary Organizations” Play Important Role Informing Lawmakers

June 29, 2016

Michelle McLaughlin, president of Knowledge Alliance, authored a piece on the Brookings Institution’s Education Blog that discusses the role of “intermediary organizations” in providing lawmakers with evidence-based research when making education policy decisions. She notes, “honest brokers are needed who can work with stakeholders –...

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Report Offers Guidelines on How to Assess the Quality of Standardized Tests

June 29, 2016

Under ESSA, states will receive additional funding to conduct audits on their testing systems ande ensure that they are accurately evaluating student performance. Stanford University’s Understanding Language/Center on Assessment, Learning and Equity (UL/SCALE) released a report that provides insights and guidelines on how to assess...

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ESSA Presents Opportunities for Local Libraries

June 29, 2016

The American Libraries Association held a program highlighting ESSA’s new funding mechanisms and the opportunity it could present for local libraries. Specifically, libraries are focused on the Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN) Act within ESSA, which lists public and school libraries...

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CCSSO and AASA Applaud Shift of Power Back to States

June 29, 2016

In an Education Dive article, Peter Zamora, director of federal relations at the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Noelle Ellerson, director of policy and advocacy for the American Association of School Administrators, showed strong support for ESSA’s shift of power from the federal...

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CCSSO Hopes Dept. of Education Will Move on from NCLB

June 29, 2016

In an interview with Education Week, Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, voiced concern that despite the shift to ESSA from No Child Left Behind, the Dept. of Education will continue to attempt to enforce provisions of the old...

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Politics K-12 Survey on “Super Subgroups”

June 21, 2016

The Politics K-12 Team at Education Week surveyed all 50 states regarding their use of “super subgroups” in their NCLB waivers that “can no longer be used in place of individual subgroups of student for accountability purposes” under ESSA. The super subgroups combined smaller subgroups...

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NEA Invites Comments on ESSA from Members

June 21, 2016

The NEA is inviting “educators, parents and other community members” to weigh-in on ESSA and help inform the association’s response regarding regulations to the Dept. of Education. NEA’s webpage says that the draft regulations “don’t remove NCLB’s emphasis on testing” and argues that “if the...

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NNSTOY Finds States and Districts Lacking Teacher Engagement

June 20, 2016

A flash poll conducted by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) indicates that states and school districts have not engaged teachers regarding ESSA implementation. Seventy-five percent of respondents said their local district had not “held discussions, listening sessions or meetings with...

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Learning First Alliance Makes Stakeholder Engagement Recommendations

June 20, 2016

While ESSA puts “states in the driver’s seat when it comes to accountability, teacher quality, and more,” they are also required to engage in significant “stakeholder engagement.” The Learning First Alliance has proposed what proper stakeholder engagement under ESSA should look like. Among their suggestions:...

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ASHA Advises Members to Engage Their States on ESSA

June 16, 2016

ESSA will give members of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association “the opportunity to play an important role in providing information to the states as they develop their plans,” according to an analysis from ASHA. The association analyzed how ESSA will affect members in 11 specific areas,...

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Webinar: State And District Implementation Methods

June 15, 2016

Education Week hosted a webinar discussing implementation methods that states and districts are using for ESSA. American Association of School Administrators’ Noelle Ellerson called the new law a “significant improvement” and noted that it returns control to the states and local school districts. Peter Zamora,...

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Incorporating Authentic Parent Engagement in State Plans under ESSA

June 14, 2016

 Widmeyer Communications published a guide, “Incorporating Authentic Parent and Family Engagement in State Plans under ESSA,” which explains how parents and families should properly engage Local Education Agencies (LEA) while they are working to write new plans under ESSA. They have developed a set of guidelines...

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Cato Reviews Report on Reducing Poverty and Driving Economic Opportunity

June 8, 2016

The Cato Institute reviewed the House Republican Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity & Upward Mobility’s report on increasing opportunity and reducing poverty. The report highlights ESSA as a major factor in driving economic opportunity. Cato’s blog notes one criticism of ESSA, arguing that “it seems...

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CCSSO Guide for States on Engaging Stakeholders around ESSA

June 8, 2016

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has created a guide for states on engaging stakeholders around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guide was created with input from a variety of educational partners, including civil rights organizations, the NEA and AFT, and the...

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Alliance for Excellent Education Explains the Importance of N-Size

June 8, 2016

Education Week examines Alliance for Excellent Education’s concerns that the accountability regulations in ESSA “would let too many English-language learners, students in special education, minorities, and disadvantaged students slip through the cracks.” The report focuses on a provision that would allow states to pick any...

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CCSSO Expresses Concerns over Timeline for State ESSA Plans

June 1, 2016

Council of Chief State School Officers executive director Chris Minnich expressed concerns over the interpreted timeline for accountability plans, Education Week reports. Many states will not be finalizing their accountability plans under ESSA until late in the 2016- 17 school year. This could mean that...

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Gov. Wise Op-Ed Reminds States of the Value of Good Data

May 31, 2016

Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and the former governor of West Virginia, authored an opinion piece which explains that “ESSA specifically calls for “evidence-based” interventions, and education leaders will need to study the numbers before deciding which programs to adopt. This...

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How ESSA Can Help Homeless Students

May 30, 2016

Think Progress reports that homeless students will greatly benefit from two major provisions within ESSA. First, school counselors are now required to advise homeless students on college application and preparedness. Second, school liaisons are now required to aid in navigating financial aid, and help obtain...

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Federal Regs Advisor Reports on the Costs of ESSA

May 29, 2016

Federal Regs Advisor reported on the newly announced ESSA accountability measures. It’s reported that the regulations will cost “just under $75 million for the four-year authorization period for state and local education agencies,” though this will be covered by federal grant funds. However, the nearly...

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Alternative Testing Models under ESSA

May 19, 2016

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning released a report offering lawmakers alternative testing models that would adhere to the new ESSA standards. These tests differ from traditional, year-end tests. Read more here.

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CAP Releases ESSA Implementation Recommendations for States

May 19, 2016

The Center for American Progress released their analysis of ESSA. CAP gave their following recommendations for implementation: • States should set a vision for their accountability systems and be purposeful about the incentives they create when selecting system indicators; • States must weigh the trade-offs...

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Prichard Committee on New Ways to Measure Success

May 13, 2016

Members of the Prichard Committee’s Student Voice Team penned an op-ed discussing their school accountability system proposal for the Fordham Institute’s ESSA Design Competition. Their proposal involves new ways to measure the success of schools. Read more here.

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Fordham Event Examines How ESSA Can Help Make Students Better Readers

May 13, 2016

During an event held by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, reading and policy experts came together to discuss how states can use their new flexibility under ESSA to begin to increase students’ reading achievement. The event highlighted the new Knowledge Matters campaign – an effort...

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How States Can Use ESSA to Help Dual Language Learners

May 9, 2016

Conor Williams, senior researcher with New America’s Education Policy Program and founder of its Dual Language Learners National Work Group, wrote in The 74 that problems with California’s “Local Control Accountability Plans” and its attempt to help dual language learners could be mirrored in ESSA...

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Education First Releases “Making the Most of ESSA”

May 5, 2016

Education First released a newsletter and online tool titled “Making the Most of ESSA,” a reference guide that summarizes important elements of the law and offers advice on how states, school districts and advocates should operate under this new rule. Read more here.

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How to Improve Student Achievement and Teacher Evaluations

May 4, 2016

Thomas Toch, Director of the Center on the Future of American Education, released a study outlining the impact of the ESSA rule on education, and provides recommendations on classroom observation, student achievement metrics, professional development, incentivizing principals and teachers, and navigating federal funding. Read more...

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CAP Estimates ESSA Implementation Costs

May 2, 2016

The Center of American Progress estimated the cost of ESSA implementation would amount to $6.83 billion in new state and local funds. Read more here.

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EdTrust Submits Letter To Dept of Education on ESSA Guidelines

May 2, 2016

Education Trust submitted a letter to the Dept. of Education regarding ESSA guidelines. Ed Trust encouraged the Dept. of Education to “ensure states consider their student achievement goals when deciding which schools need help working with subgroups of students,” and require summative ratings for all...

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National Association for Music Education on Well-Rounded Education

May 1, 2016

National Association for Music Education says provisions within ESSA are going to strengthen music courses by including them in what it considers to be a “well rounded education.” Under the law, music programs can now receive more funding as they are now considered part of...

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Assessments Estimated to Have Major Economic Benefits

April 29, 2016

Early estimates from three senior fellows at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution show major economic benefits from implementing standardized tests. Read more here.

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School Leadership Interventions from RAND

April 29, 2016

 The RAND Corporation published a report and commentary describing major ESSA funding programs that can be used to pay for school leadership improvement efforts. Read more here.

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Civil Rights Leaders Release Letter on Title I Funding

April 28, 2016

Over 30 civil rights groups – all members of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights – released a letter urging the Dept. of Education to include robust parameters for Title I funding towards underfunded and struggling schools in its ESSA guidelines. Read more...

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AEI on the Title I Funding Fight

April 26, 2016

The American Enterprise Institute claimed the comparability provision in ESSA obstructs the goals of “supplement, not supplant” by allowing districts to meet equality requirements using average salaries, not actual teacher salaries. AEI argued this causes large salary deficits between Title I schools and non-Title I...

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NYU Announces Education Solutions Initiative

April 25, 2016

NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development announced the Education Solutions Initiative to inform and challenge policymakers to make meaningful progress on resolving the critical issues facing students and educators in the wake of ESSA implementation. They also announced that the group will...

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ESSA Toolkit from National Association for Music Education

April 21, 2016

The National Association for Music Education posted an online toolkit showing how ESSA benefits music programs by classifying it as a “well-rounded” subject. Read more here.

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Leveraging ESSA Funding to Provide Direct Student Services

April 21, 2016

Chiefs for Change released a new policy paper about leveraging ESSA funding to provide direct student services including tutoring, access to public school choice, distance learning, access to Advanced Placement classes, personalized learning, and other programs. Read more here. Education Week also covered the report...

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State Education Agencies and Researchers Can Partner to Improve Student Outcomes

April 20, 2016

The Brookings Institution highlighted how ESSA creates an opportunity for State and Local Education Agencies to collaborate with external researchers to make informed policy decisions. Read more here.

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Nine Big Questions on ESSA Accountability Systems from NASBE

April 5, 2016

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) released a memo outlining nine big questions that board members should address prior to adopting a new state assessment system under ESSA. Read more here.

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CCSSO, NEA, NGA, and NSBA Send Letter to John King

April 4, 2016

Nine education groups including CCSSO, NEA, NGA, and NSBA sent a letter to Secretary John King asking that the DoE “refrain from defining terms and aspects” of the ESSA “that Congress gave communities the flexibility to determine.” Read the letter here.

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NASBE Shares Opportunities for States to Ensure Coherence across Education Policies

March 31, 2016

NASBE issued, “ESSA Provides Opportunity for States to Ensure Coherence across Education Policies,” Press Release highlighting the importance of “consistency across policies to ensure effective, efficient learning systems and successful ESSA implementation.” Read full release here.

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

June 21, 2017

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

June 21, 2017

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

June 20, 2017

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

June 14, 2017

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

June 13, 2017

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

June 13, 2017

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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The 74 Features the Collaborative’s ESSA Essentials Series

June 12, 2017

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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Education Post Examines States’ Approaches to School Accountability

June 5, 2017

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

June 5, 2017

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

May 30, 2017

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

May 26, 2017

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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Ed Week Assesses How States will Measure Career Readiness

May 24, 2017

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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Charter School Efforts Not Mention in Most State ESSA Plans

May 23, 2017

Education Week finds that few state ESSA plans are mentioning charter school efforts. Jennifer Thomsen, the author and director of the Education Commission of the States Knowledge and Research Center, argued that, “what we’re really seeing in most of the accountability sections is that district...

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Primas Calls for Parent and Community Involvement in ESSA Development

May 22, 2017

In a BlackPressUSA column, NNPA Program Manager Dr. Elizabeth Primas notes that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) attempts “to fulfill the promise of a high-quality education for all of our children. ESSA advocates for qualified teachers, high standards, robust programs, and assessments, which inform...

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States Shift Power Back to Local School Boards

May 19, 2017

Under ESSA, states are shifting power back to local school boards, Education Week writes. In states like Kentucky, school boards will have the power to “hire principals, select curriculum, and set a school’s budget.” North Dakota’s plan also “leaves plenty of room for local school...

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Experts Questioning Impact of Lack of Personnel at Dept. of Ed on ESSA

May 19, 2017

Education Week highlights experts who are questioning the lack of personnel at the Dept. of Education to review state ESSA plans. According to Michael J. Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, “having fewer staffers—and few with official Senate confirmation—means a lot of more...

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New Bill Aimed to Overhaul Parts of ESSA

May 16, 2017

A new bill has been proposed in Congress to “overhaul the nation’s law governing career-and-technical-education” under ESSA. According to Education Week, the bipartisan Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act “would redefine which students are considered “concentrators” in CTE programs, allow states...

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Former Rep. Kline Discusses ESSA and Local Control

May 10, 2017

In The Hill, former Congressman and chair of the House Education Committee, John Kline, discussed how ESSA shifts “education authority and accountability out of Washington and back to the states, where it belongs.” He also cites Sec. DeVos’ recent comments that ESSA “essentially does away...

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Ed Week Takes a Look at State’s ESSA Plans

May 10, 2017

Two unique opportunities exist within ESSA for states to utilize funding that would have gone to districts under past federal formulas, but can now be used for specific programs or purposes like personalized learning, credit recovery, or programs that support school leaders or principals. Interestingly,...

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Former Gov. Jack Markell Sees Opportunity for Assessment Audits

May 7, 2017

Former Delaware Gov. Jack Markell wrote in The 74 about the importance of assessments and the opportunity states have under ESSA to use federal funds for conducting assessment audits. Reflecting on the steps taken in Delaware to ensure that students “weren’t taking duplicative assessments and...

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The 74 Highlights 3 States That Included School Climate Surveys

April 30, 2017

The 74 identified three states, (Illinois, Nevada, and New Mexico) that included “school climate surveys as part of their fifth indicator accountability tool” in ESSA implementation plans. According to Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute, “It’s not an easy thing to...

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Real Clear Ed Examines IN and WV Efforts in Drafting ESSA Plan

April 27, 2017

Real Clear Education examined why Indiana and West Virginia are lagging in drafting their ESSA implementation plans. The article found that states which “have adopted and implemented higher academic standards have been able to overcome political divides and develop the relational infrastructure necessary to make...

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Harvard Professor Argues ESSA’s Main Importance

April 24, 2017

Thomas Kane, the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education and Economics at Harvard University and faculty director of Center for Education Policy Research, argued ESSA’s main importance is the flexibility provided to the states. Kane noted, “ESSA allows states the discretion to encourage local innovation...

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Education Advocates Weigh in on ESSA and Closing Gaps in Achievement

April 24, 2017

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, authored an opinion piece on closing the achievement gap under ESSA. Chavis believes, “raising awareness about ESSA among all parents, especially Black parents is vital.” He calls for parents to “increase...

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Education Week Develops ESSA Plan Tracker

April 21, 2017

Education Week developed a “Key Takeaways Dashboard” to track the details of states’ ESSA plans. The dashboard examines states’ overall goals, school ratings, academic indicators, school quality indicators, measuring groups, and opt-out testing. The page also provides direct links to states’ submitted draft plans.

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Recent Rollback of ESSA Regulations has led to More Confusion, Says Wade Henderson

April 20, 2017

According to Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the recent rollback of the ESSA regulations “has led to more confusion and uncertainty for states who are in the middle of drafting...

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Ed Week Takes Deeper Look at Per Pupil Spending under ESSA

April 19, 2017

Education Week examined an ESSA provision related to per pupil spending. Some experts argue models for calculating per-pupil spending may no longer be valid, causing new challenges for states. While proponents of the measure believe that “school-level spending would show whether majority black, Latino and...

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U.S. News & World Report Looks at How States are Incorporating School Choice

April 19, 2017

U.S. News & World Report notes that just three of the 10 ESSA plans submitted to the Dept. of Education include language related to expanding school choice, despite Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ suggestion that they do so. New Mexico, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C. do not...

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Ed Week Analysis Shows Common Indicators among State Plans

April 6, 2017

Education Week examined state’s submitted ESSA plans on gauging school performance. Three common indicators included (1) chronic absenteeism (CT, DC, DE, IL MA, TN); (2) college/career readiness (CT, DE, MA, NV, VT); and (3) 9th grade success (CT, IL, MA).

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Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Partner to Facilitate Independent Review of ESSA State Accountability Plans

April 5, 2017

Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success have partnered to assemble a group of 30 experts to independently review ESSA plans that have been submitted to the Dept. of Education. The goal of the group is “to look at whether states are going...

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Colorado’s ESSA Plan Gets High Marks

March 29, 2017

This article was originally published on RealClearEducation. Thanks to an inclusive and well-designed approach, Colorado is among a small group of states that will meet an April 3 deadline to submit plans to implement new federal education legislation. Participants and outside observers have praised the...

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Polikoff Stresses Importance of Accountability in Education System

March 28, 2017

Morgan Polikoff, education researcher and associate professor at USC’s Rossier School of Education, reflects on the importance of accountability in our education system and the need to stay the course as more education reforms may be on the horizon with a new Congress and new...

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Robert Pianta Emphasizes Importance of Teacher Prep

March 27, 2017

Robert Pianta, dean and professor at the University of Virginia’s School of Education, authored an opinion piece in the Huffington Post on the recent decision to overturn regulations under ESSA. Pianta argued that eliminating teacher regulations and budget proposals “not only signal a retreat from...

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MD Board of Ed Member Authors Piece on Lawmaker’s Efforts to Halt Installation of New School-Accountability System

March 22, 2017

Chester E. Finn, Jr., president emeritus of the Fordham Institute and vice president of the Maryland State Board of Education, authored an opinion piece on Maryland lawmakers’ efforts to “prevent the State Board of Education from installing a new school-accountability system that prioritizes pupil achievement...

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Ed Week Releases Webpage Recording DeVos School Visits and Impact on ESSA

March 22, 2017

Education Week released a webpage recording all visits Betsy DeVos has made to schools and the coverage of comments she has made on the impact of ESSA. Education Week will “note the name and location of the school” and “link to any coverage” DeVos discusses.

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Ohio Listens and Delays Its ESSA Plan

March 20, 2017

This article was originally published on RealClearEducation. Making good on a promise to heed public input, Ohio’s top education official announced last week that he would delay submitting a federally-required education plan. “The submission of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) response should be...

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Ed Week Highlights U.S. Dept. of Education’s New Application for States under ESSA

March 13, 2017

Education Week highlighted the release of the U.S. Dept. of Education’s new application for states to use as they put together their accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The article takes a look at how the new template differs from the previous version...

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Three Accountability Mistakes States are Making While Drafting ESSA Plans

March 6, 2017

David Griffith, research and policy associate at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, explained the three “accountability mistakes” states are making while drafting ESSA implementation plans. Griffith argued while there are debates on the “best way to evaluate a school’s performance,” there are several key ideas...

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The Use of Education Research under ESSA

March 2, 2017

Thomas J. Kane, professor of Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, authored an essay in Education Next on the use of “education research” under ESSA. Kane argued that states will need a “scalable model of impact evaluation” to make evidence based changes to school improvement efforts. He encouraged education leaders to have “long term vision”...

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Teach Plus Fellow Stresses the Important Opportunities Under ESSA

February 27, 2017

Sarah White, fifth grade teacher and Teach Plus Illinois Teaching Policy Fellow, stressed the important opportunity that states have under ESSA to “reinvent professional development practices.” White called for the usage of Title II funds to “focus on developing and implementing long-term, teacher-led, and selected opportunities for...

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Positive Outcomes of ESSA and the Use of Education Technology

February 23, 2017

Doug Mesecar, vice president of strategic partnerships for IO Education, authored an opinion piece in EdScoop on the positive outcomes of ESSA and the use of education technology. Mesecar argued that education technology can be used to alter the “stubborn, teach-to-the-middle, manufacturing-based approach to modern schooling.” He outlined five areas where technology can help...

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The Importance of Teacher Leadership Under ESSA

February 15, 2017

Massachusetts ESL teacher and Teach Plus Greater Boston Teaching Policy Fellow Alicia Serafin authored an opinion piece in the Huffington Post on the importance of teacher leadership under ESSA. Serafin encouraged states to “seize this opportunity” to “encourage, develop, and promote teachers to continue to...

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Harvard Professor Evaluates the Use of State Efficiency Networks through ESSA Funding

February 14, 2017

Thomas Kane, professor of education and economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, authored an essay in Education Next, on the use of “state efficiency networks” through ESSA funding. Kane argued that policymakers who use ESSA’s evidence-based opportunities will create a “lasting legacy” for improving...

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NYC Leadership Academy Irma Zardoya Emphasizes Importance of Equity Under ESSA

February 10, 2017

Irma Zardoya, President and CEO of the NYC Leadership Academy, wrote an opinion piece in Education Week on the importance of equity under ESSA. Zardoya highlighted how some states are “considering how to make teachers more representative of the students in their classrooms” by examining...

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Hirsh Calls for Stakeholders to Stay Engaged in ESSA Implementation

January 26, 2017

Learning Forward’s Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh authored a piece in Education Week on professional learning under ESSA. Hirsh stated she is “more optimistic” for local communities to “create learning systems” that work to improve professional programs. Hirsh encouraged stakeholders to stay engaged in ESSA implementation...

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Ed Week Highlights ESSA as a Key Policy Area to Watch Under Trump

January 23, 2017

Education Week highlighted the implementation of ESSA as one of the “six key policy areas to watch under Trump.” States are scheduled to implement plans in the 2017-2018 school year, and the new administration will be in charge of approving final outlines. The piece also...

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17 States and D.C. Plan to Submit Final ESSA Plans by April

January 13, 2017

According to Education Week, 17 states and the District of Columbia are working to submit their final ESSA plans by the April deadline. Aside from DC, the states include Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota,...

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Miami University Professors Discuss Importance of School Climate Under ESSA

January 11, 2017

In a joint opinion piece for The 74, Amity Noltemeyer, associate professor in educational psychology, and Andrew Saultz, assistant professor of educational leadership at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, discussed the importance of school climate under ESSA. Noltemeyer and Saultz argued that ESSA can provide...

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Leveraging ESSA for Professional Learning System Improvement

January 5, 2017

Executive Director of Learning Forward, Stephanie Hirsh, authored a piece in Education Week on leveraging ESSA for professional learning system improvement. Due to the several mentions of professional development within the act’s language, Hirsh argued this is an “indication that Congress recognizes its importance achieving...

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Condoleezza Rice Gives ESSA Advice to Local Leaders

January 4, 2017

In an interview with The 74, Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, was asked about advice she would give to local leaders who are making decisions under ESSA. Rice encouraged states to set high standards for students and teachers and to give parents a choice....

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Ed Week Releases Quality Counts 2017 Annual Report

January 4, 2017

Education Week released the Quality Counts 2017 annual report on the progress of state ESSA implementation. According to the report, the nation received and overall grade of “C” for states’ efforts. Mark Bomster, an assistant managing editor at Education Week commented that the report, “examines a...

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Educators Take Advantage of Opportunities ESSA Presents

January 3, 2017

Members of the Rodel Teacher Council are calling on their fellow Delaware educators to help state and local policymakers develop plans for how they will comply the ESSA. “As education practitioners and leaders, we must take advantage of this opportunity to inform our state’s plan on...

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Leveraging ESSA to Ensure Student Success

January 1, 2017

Community leaders, parents and educators “must use ESSA to leverage their desire to see students succeed,” by taking a more proactive role in the state education plan development process according to The Florida Star. Columnist Edward Gaston argues that, “staying engaged is necessary and essential...

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Ensuring Equity Back in State Hands

December 19, 2016

Amidst the “upheaval in D.C.,” states are staying focused on ESSA implementation, according to The 74 Million. The piece argued that while ESSA puts the “work of ensuring equity largely back in state hands,” a change in administration could mean a “certain loss of federal...

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Co-founder of New Leaders Explains How ESSA Can Revitalize the Role of the Principal

December 19, 2016

The 74 Million conducted an interview with Benjamin Fenton, co-founder of New Leaders, on how ESSA can help schools revitalize the role of the principal. In the interview, Fenton explains that he hopes expanded flexibility will give leaders “more of a role” in accountability plans...

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Letter Calls on Community Members and Teachers to Get Involved in ESSA Implementation

December 13, 2016

A letter to the editor in the Topeka Capital Journal calls on “community members and teachers to get involved and gain leadership” as the state develops its ESSA implementation plan. Noting that policymakers must “look critically at all aspects… that influence learning,” the letter says...

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ESSA Regulations Are New Target of Congressional Review

December 13, 2016

Regulations on teacher preparation under ESSA could be the main target of congressional review, according to Education Week. If the regulations are removed, “it could make it tougher for states to finish their ESSA plans.” The article argued to “keep the momentum going” and that...

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States Tussle with Local Leaders Concerning ESSA Plans

December 13, 2016

Education Week observed states encountering problems when constructing ESSA plans. Various states like Colorado and Indiana are “tussling with local leaders” on “flexibility in areas like accountability and assessments to school board members.” According to the piece, conflicts like this will “likely escalate and multiply”...

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How will the Incoming Trump Administration Handle ESSA?

December 13, 2016

Education Week examined various regulations under ESSA, providing details about what both the law and final regulations say. The piece raised that it is “unclear whether the incoming Trump administration and Congress” will try to “keep these regulations on the books, make changes to them,...

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Congress Expected to Face Wide Range of Education Issues

December 12, 2016

According to Education Week, Congress will face a wide range of education issues in the upcoming session. Final ESSA regulations will come into question as members may rule the Obama administration had gone “beyond the scope of the law.” The fate of testing regulations, accountability...

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Honeymoon is Over – What’s Next for ESSA?

December 5, 2016

With the election of Donald Trump, Education Week looked at the relationship between the GOP and “education practitioners,” asking if “the honeymoon [between the two] is over” and looking at how that might affect ESSA. A Republican Senate aide said, “The K-12 era [in Washington] is...

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How will the Trump Administration Impact ESSA?

November 16, 2016

Education Week released a series of articles unpacking the impact that the incoming Trump administration could have on the implementation of ESSA. How Trump will tackle ESSA under his new administration. The piece argued that lawmakers can use the Congressional Review Act to their advantage...

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Are Forced Teacher Transfers Allowed Under ESSA?

November 7, 2016

Education Week looked at the issue of “forced teacher transfers” and whether they are permitted under ESSA’s proposed spending rules. While the actual rules state, “Nothing in this section should be construed to require the forced or involuntary transfer of any school personnel,” American Federation...

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Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera Applaud High Standards in Their States

November 1, 2016

The Collaborative for Student Success hosted a tele-press conference featuring Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera. Both Markell and Skandera discussed how high standards are working in their states, and addressed ESSA as an opportunity for states to improve...

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New Clarity on How Funds can be Spent on Federal Programs

November 1, 2016

Education Week covered the Dept. of Education’s release of guidance on Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants – which provides clarity around how funds can be spent on federal programs aimed at health, safety, the arts, and technology. The department’s overall message underscored that a...

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Future President May Encounter Difficulties in Efforts to Micromanage School Reform

October 29, 2016

An election brief in The Economist notes that neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton seem inclined to “micromanage school reform,” unlike the previous two occupants of the Oval Office. According to the piece, ESSA “hands back power to states over standards and tests” making it...

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Does New Data Accurately Showcase Teacher Value?

October 25, 2016

Following the release of the Dept. Of Education’s final teacher preparation rules, Education Week examined concerns of “how the new requirements will be applied” and “how effective they will ultimately be.” Under the new rules, states are required to “rate teacher-prep programs annually” in the...

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Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss Questions ESSA’s Intent

October 24, 2016

The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss reprinted a blog from Connecticut College Education Department Chair Lauren Anderson University of Washington Professor of Teacher Education Ken Zeichner that questions inconsistences with ESSA’s original intent. According to the authors, the new regulations require states to “hold teacher-education programs...

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ESSA Creates New Ways for Schools to Educate Children

October 24, 2016

The Hechinger Report questioned whether states will provide students with a “high quality, equitable education” under ESSA. The piece noted that ESSA can “serve as a catalyst” to “super-charge” new ways for schools to educate children, and highlighted the plans states must submit to the...

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Recommendations to Ensure a Well-Rounded Education for All Students

October 21, 2016

Education Week examined new guidelines for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment grant program under ESSA. The piece highlighted the Dept. of Education’s recommendations on how funds can be spent for a “well-rounded education.” Part of a student’s educational experience can comprise of music and...

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New Opportunities for Young Learner Programs

October 20, 2016

Education Week reported on the Dept. of Education’s guidance on funding young learner programs under ESSA. The piece identified various options for federal funds to be used for young learners including: 1, training early learning teachers; 2, updating and aligning certification and licensing standards for...

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Expectations Under ESSA for English Language Learners

October 18, 2016

Under ESSA, schools will be required to make significant changes for English language learners as reported by Education Dive. States will need to “create a uniform process” when identifying English learners to “assign them services” and then transition them into a “general education system.” States...

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Personnel Committed to Helping Homeless Students Achieve

October 16, 2016

The 74 Million reported on lawmakers’ efforts to “track and improve outcomes of displaced students” under ESSA. Under the new act, schools will need to “hire personnel who are adequately prepared to help homeless students achieve.” Additionally, districts will be required to assign federal dollars...

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Anticipation Mounts for What Positive Changes ESSA will Bring

October 15, 2016

In Education Week, Larry Ferlazzo blogged about his radio interview with education leaders on whether ESSA will bring positive changes to the classroom. American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten argued that what happens in the classroom will greatly depend on how states “embrace the...

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How will the “Ultra-Politicized Climate” Impact Assessments Under ESSA?

October 11, 2016

Rafael Heller, principle policy analyst for Jobs for the Future, wrote in Education Week about the challenges that states face with assessments under ESSA, arguing that they are less about the “technical demand of designing and scoring performance tasks,” and more about the “politics of...

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Why Maximizing ESSA’s Potential is Crucial for Student Success

October 10, 2016

Liam Goldrick, director of policy for the New Teacher Center, wrote on the importance of maximizing ESSA’s potential for students and schools. Goldrick argued ESSA has the potential to “bring greater balance to our schools” and “drive equity in education.” The New Teacher Center has...

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Univ. of Massachusetts-Lowell Professor Makes Claim that ESSA is too Fixated on the Accountability Movement

October 9, 2016

James Nehring, an associate professor of education at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, authored an opinion piece on the regulatory problems facing ESSA, stating that the implementation of the law will “inevitably corrupt the law’s intent.” The use of “standards as regulatory tools,” or accountability systems,...

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Vice Presidential Candidate’s Past Positions on Education Policy

October 5, 2016

Following the Vice Presidential debate, Education World published an article highlighting the candidates’ past positions on education, including ESSA. Sen. Tim Kaine has been an advocate for “career and technical education,” and sought to include related programs in ESSA “to improve access to K-12 career...

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Education World’s Top 4 Takeaways on ESSA Guidlines

October 4, 2016

Education World reviewed recent ESSA guidelines released by the Dept. of Education and complied their four top takeaways. They concluded that the guidelines clarify the definition of homeless youth; address foster youth; pressure states to align standards for English learners to state content standards; and...

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What Does ESSA Mean for School Testing?

September 30, 2016

A brief in the Wall Street Journal highlights what ESSA means for school testing, noting that under ESSA “states will set academic standards and determine consequences for not meeting them.” The article notes that NCLB was “blamed for ushering in a climate of overtesting” and...

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Next Steps for the Opt-Out Movement

September 30, 2016

The Wall Street Journal examined next steps for the opt-out movement, which “lost a major battle” with the implementation of ESSA and continues to challenge the 95 percent participation rule. Under the new law, states are required to test 95% of students so they do...

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Krieger Argues that the 95% Student Participation Rate in ESSA is a “Typographical Error”

September 30, 2016

Nick Krieger, author of a guest blog on Education Week, calls into question the 95 percent student participation rate in ESSA based on a “typographical error” in the legislation. Krieger argues, “while the ESSA unquestionably requires the states to administer yearly assessments in mathematics and...

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Can ESSA Help Improve Homeless Student’s Learning Experiences?

September 29, 2016

In a recent interview with City Lab, Barbara Duffield, the director of policy and programs for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, discussed her belief that ESSA can help improve homeless student’s learning experiences. ESSA creates new provisions so that...

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New Programs Aimed at Boosting Moral Among Teachers

September 28, 2016

Education Dive highlighted the Dept. of Education’s recent recommendations on ESSA’s ability to recruit quality educators. The brief acknowledged that “morale is lowest” among teachers who feel that they “have no control over school decision-making,” and noted that Title II funds should be spent for...

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ESSA Presents Opportunity to Transistion From a Compliance Mentality to an Innovative One

September 28, 2016

ESSA presents new opportunities to K-12 companies to help school districts “purchase more education technology and other instructional services,” reports EdWeek’s Market Brief. Governor Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, said that the new law “permits us to move from a compliance...

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5 Guidelines for Supporting Multiple Pathways into the Teaching Profession

September 28, 2016

Education World examined the Dept. of Education’s recent guidance on recruiting and retaining educators under ESSA. The piece highlighted the five guidelines provided by the Dept. and highlights that states are encouraged to use funds to “support multiple pathways into the teaching profession,” including residency...

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Two Fishman Prize Winners Raise Concerns About ESSA Rules and Regualtions

September 27, 2016

Two Fishman Prize winners, Erica Mariola and Evelyn Rebollar, shared their opinions about ESSA rules and regulations on TNTP’s blog. Both teachers “raised complex questions about the use of these types of assessments that states may wish to consider when deciding their state testing plans.”

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States Put Communities Back in the Driver’s Seat

September 27, 2016

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, wrote an opinion piece on the opportunities for states and schools to make “better choices” for students of color under ESSA. Henderson argued that under the new law, states need to...

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Proposed Increase on Tracking and Reporting for English Learners

September 23, 2016

Education Week and Politico reported on the Dept. of Education’s guidance for English learners under ESSA. In addition to highlighting the allowance of Title III funds to help expand these programs, Education Week noted that states must track the performance of former EL students to...

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States Begin Preparing Accountability System Plans Under ESSA

September 20, 2016

Education Week highlighted states preparing their accountability system plans under ESSA. The piece focused on K-12 officials who are concerned over the “relatively tight timeline for identifying schools that need fundamental overhauls.” States are working to develop these plans before the March or July 2017...

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Hammond Calls for Evaluation of School Funding Laws

September 20, 2016

In a recent interview with Ed Surge, Linda Darling Hammond, founder of the Learning Policy Institute, argued that while strong schools are present in the United States, new state plans under ESSA could “become punitive if they rely on a test-based approach with sanctions” or...

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Concern Raised With Time Required to Develop Testing Systems Under ESSA

September 20, 2016

Education Week released a policy snapshot covering the recently-released sets of proposed regulations from the Dept. of Education on assessments under ESSA. Comments on the regulations focused on the Innovative Assessment Pilot, which allows some states to use local tests for accountability purposes. The piece...

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Here are 3 Storylines to Follow ESSA’s “Supplement, not Supplant” Rules

September 19, 2016

Ed Surge released three storylines for readers to follow surrounding ESSA’s “supplement, not supplant” rules. The first narrative, “A Tangled Bureaucracy” focuses on the new rules under the proposed measure. Ed Surge says that while these rules were well-intentioned, ESSA is not being made simpler...

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Hirsh Raises 5 Critical Questions About ESSA

September 19, 2016

Stephanie Hirsh, executive director of Learning Forward, raises five questions on how ESSA can improve professional development and learning. Hirsh argues that education leaders who “prioritize building systems for professional learning will be best positioned to leverage ESSA to achieve excellence and equity in every...

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Mathis and Trujillo Argue that ESSA is an Extension of NCLB

September 19, 2016

In a new book entitled Learning from the Federal Market-Based Reforms: Lessons for the Every Student Succeeds Act, William J. Mathis and Tina M. Trujillo argue that ESSA reinforces “a standardized test driven system that is punitive in nature” and the law is merely an extension...

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What ESSA Means for Schools, Systems, and States

September 19, 2016

In Education Week, Frederick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, and Max Eden, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, argue that neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton are putting forward “principled conservative leadership” when it comes to education. The...

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New Additional Resources for Overworked Guidance Counselors under ESSA

September 16, 2016

An article in The Atlantic notes that, under ESSA, schools are eligible for grant funding to cover a range of “educational supports beyond classroom instruction, including college and career counseling.” The piece calls for additional resources for overworked guidance counselors in schools. ESSA authorizes over...

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Fact Sheet Examining ESSA’s “Pay for Success” Provision

September 14, 2016

The Washington Post provides a fact sheet examining ESSA’s “Pay for Success” provision. Federal dollars can be used to partner with the private sector to “fund proven community-based solutions,” and to “incentivize for-profit educational endeavors significantly legitimizing and institutionalizing them.” The article cited concerns about...

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Leaders Must Fully Understand ESSA to Make an Impact

September 14, 2016

The 2016 “Think Ahead” Conference, hosted by EdNET, will examine issues impacting K-12 education and the subsequent effects facing distributors. One of the goals of the conference is for leaders to fully understand ESSA and the legislation’s impact on “sectors with core curriculum, supplemental materials,...

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The Growing Trend of States Using Title 1 Funds for Arts Education

September 13, 2016

Education Week’s Jackie Zubrycki reports there is a “growing trend” of states using Title I funds to support arts education, and supporters of the arts are hopeful ESSA will “encourage more schools to use federal funds to support arts education programs.” Under the law, the...

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Lydia Kontos Makes Call for Increased Art Courses in Schools

September 12, 2016

In an opinion piece, Lydia Kontos, executive director for Kaufman Music Center, argued that under ESSA, schools are now “empowered” to support music programs. She called for schools to increase arts courses that in turn, can help students in other academic areas. With state control...

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ESSA Expected to be Top Priority During Lawmakers’ 2017 Sessions

September 12, 2016

Education Week notes that, thanks to ESSA, a wave of “volatility of education politics could crest” over the next few years. Michelle Exstrom, education program director for the National Conference of State Legislatures, said that state legislators are more “engaged [than] we’ve ever seen.” The...

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Schools that Promote the Arts See Increase in School Attendance

September 9, 2016

Janice Gouldthorpe, executive director of New York’s Genesee Center for the Arts & Education, praised the implementation of arts education through ESSA. She argued schools that promote the arts see “students attend school more often, parents and families engage, dropout rates decrease, and grades increase.”...

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Frederick Hess Asses What ESSA “Means in Practice”

September 8, 2016

Frederick Hess, director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, wrote an opinion piece on the various challenges in K-12 education, including ESSA. While ESSA removed a large amount of Washington oversight, Hess believes that the situation is now contingent upon what ESSA...

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How will a Trump Administration Impact K-12 Funding?

September 8, 2016

In an analysis of Donald Trump’s Education Policy Speech, Education Week looks at the impact his policies could have on K-12 funding. The article notes that Trump’s comments about increasing defense spending could lead to policies that take away from the overall education budget, especially...

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What if States Try to “Budget Outside the Lines?”

September 5, 2016

A Wall Street Journal editorial questions the Dept. of Education’s proposed “supplement, not supplant” regulations. The piece raises concern over additional funding increases needed to comply with the provision, as well as an increase in federal control that was “contrary to what Congress intended.” According...

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Ed Week Outlines Dept. of Education’s Proposed Funding Rules

August 31, 2016

Education Week outlines the details of the Dept. of Education’s proposed funding rules. In addition to highlighting the stakeholders and leaders who have weighed in on the proposed rules, the piece notes there are several exceptions with regard to Title I funding, including clarifications for...

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Is ESSA the Better Version of NCLB?

August 30, 2016

In conjunction with the Education Writers Association, the National Press Club sponsored panels on K-12 and higher education in relation to the 2016 elections. Panelist Andy Smarick, a partner at Bellwether Education Partners and former education official in the Bush administration, argued the interpretation of...

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How ESSA’s Spending Rules Compare to Dept. of Education’s Guidance to States

August 24, 2016

An in-depth article in Education Week delves into how ESSA’s spending rules compare with the Dept. of Education’s “guidance distributed to states in July 2015 about how federal money should be used as a supplement for school budgets.” The guidance functions as a “window into...

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Addressing the Inequities of School Building Conditions Under ESSA

August 18, 2016

A blog post from Dr. Angel Ford, a research associate with the Education Facilities Clearinghouse, argues that the flexibility in ESSA can be used to “address the inequities of school building conditions” despite the law not explicitly mentioning the issue. Dr.  Ford references a “clarion...

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Polikoff’s Letter Encourages Regulators to Look Beyond the State-defined Proficiency Threshold

August 17, 2016

University of Southern California Associate Professor of Education Morgan Polikoff wrote a blog post which details his letter to the U.S. Dept. of Education regarding ESSA regulations, and encourages regulators to look beyond “the state-defined proficiency threshold” when formalizing its regulations. He notes that the...

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Summative Ratings vs. Data Dashboards for Schools

August 17, 2016

Scott Sargrad, director for standards and accountability at the Center for American Progress, wrote in U.S. News & World Report that a divide is emerging between proponents of using of summative ratings for schools and proponents of implementing data dashboards. Sargrad encourages states to think...

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States Take Steps to Ensure a “Well Rounded Education”

August 12, 2016

Several states including New Hampshire, Michigan, and Florida are “experimenting with new standardized tests in the arts.” ESSA includes arts as part of a “well rounded education.” The Director of Educational Policy for the Educational Theatre Association Jim Palmarini argues that “assessments in art subjects...

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Will Higher Education’s Other Pressures Undercut ESSA’s Promises?

August 12, 2016

In a piece from Education Week, Arnold Shober, an associate professor of Government at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, writes that ESSA “promotes higher education as a primary destination after K-12” but “higher education’s other pressures may undercut ESSA’s promises.” Questions about the purpose of...

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Ed Week Evaluates How ESSA will Affect the Education Industry

August 10, 2016

As part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series, Education Week will be hosting an online forum discussing the implications of ESSA’s implementation on education companies. The webinar will delve into how the law is being implemented and how it affects organizations working in the education...

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Senior Fellow at Manhattan Institute Presents 5 Ways ESSA Can Help Students

August 5, 2016

Max Eden, a senior fellow of education policy at the Manhattan Institute, wrote a guest blog for Education Week on what the “ESSA epoch” means for students. Noting that “education reform [has been] the civil rights struggle of our time,” Eden writes that “the passions...

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Dr. Wayne Wright of Purdue University Wants to see the Flexibility in ESSA

August 4, 2016

Writing that English learners will “by definition always fail to meet grade-level standards,” Dr. Wayne Wright of Purdue University wants to see the flexibility in ESSA used to create an accountability system to benefit these students. Dr. Wright argues that the “overall framework of NCLB...

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Bill Bennett Introduces New Group: Conservative Leader For Educators

July 28, 2016

Former Secretary of Education Bill Bennett authored an opinion piece on Fox News last week announcing Conservative Leaders for Education, a new group that is calling on conservatives to raise their voices in the debate around education reform and ESSA. Bennett explains how this group,...

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State Legislators Take Advantage of the Flexibility Provided by ESSA

July 26, 2016

Education Week reported on the announcement of Conservative Leaders for Education (CL4E) – a group of state legislators who believe now is the time to take advantage of the flexibility provided by ESSA, led by former Education Secretary William Bennett. According to Bennett, CL4E’s goals...

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“Edfintech” Industry Applauds ESSA’s Pilot Program

July 24, 2016

At the recent Future of Education Finance Summit, representatives from the “edfintech” industry – an “intersection of education, finance and technology” – spoke with education funding experts and nonprofit representatives about how their products could help their schools comply with ESSA’s financial reporting requirements, according...

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Advocacy Group to Provide Advising on How to Comply with ESSA

July 22, 2016

Under ESSA’s “authorizing provisions,” school libraries are slated to receive an increase in federal support, according to Publishers Weekly. To receive the support, states will need to submit a state implementation plan to the Dept. of Education that is compliant with federal “education laws, administrative...

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ESSA’s Non-academic Indicator Proves to be Vital to How Students Learn

July 22, 2016

K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard, a senior adviser to Turnaround for Children, discussed the benefit of ESSA’s non-academic indicator requirements in Education Week. She argues that these requirements allow states to use non-academic metrics, like “self-regulation, problem-solving, social awareness, and growth mindset,” to measure student skill development....

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NCTAF Teacher Contestants Agree on Three Main Points

July 18, 2016

According to Education Week, the National Commission of Teaching & America’s Future’s (NCTAF) Agents for Learning Competition asked teacher contestants to develop plans and present how they plan to utilize ESSA in the classroom. Of the finalists, three distinct points were continuously brought up: Teachers...

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Provisions to Ensure Every Student Succeeds

July 13, 2016

Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, authored an article in The Hill highlighting the disproportionate funding between white students and students of color. Since programs for students of color often receive less funding than their white counterparts, legislation is needed...

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Educator Improvement Funding Provisions are a Step in the Right Direction

July 13, 2016

California teacher T.D. Flenaugh writes in the Huffington Post that educator improvement funding provisions in ESSA are a “huge step in the right direction” when it comes to improving children’s education. With nearly $2 billion earmarked for teacher improvement, educators will now be able to...

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Today’s Economy Calls for Both College Readiness and Career Readiness

July 13, 2016

Education Week reported on Jobs for the Future’s Voices for Opportunity and Economic Mobility summit in New Orleans. During the event, over 650 educators voiced their opinions on the overlap of college readiness and career readiness. There were four main takeaways from the event: While...

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How will Politics Impact Education Reform?

July 8, 2016

Adam Edgerton, former director of the Dept. of Education’s Upward Bound Program, writes in Education Week that America’s decentralized view for government involvement in schools is similar to Britain’s reason for leaving the EU. Citing No Child Left Behind and its successor ESSA, Edgerton says...

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Teacher Leader Credits ESSA for It’s Ability to Help Undeserved Students

July 7, 2016

Anthony Hernandez, teacher leader for Educators 4 Excellence, discussed the current “supplement, not supplant” debate in an op-ed in The Hill. He argues that the provisions “have the potential to be deeply transformative for traditionally underserved students”, but ESSA’s requirement that districts explain how funds...

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ESSA Provides More Flexibility than NCLB

July 7, 2016

Education Drive’s analysis of ESSA’s proposed guidelines and regulations for state testing show that, while there are still questions, there is more opportunity for test flexibility than under No Child Left Behind. ESSA “creates space for innovation” in testing, something discouraged under NCLB’s “Adequate Yearly...

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States Use ESSA to Push Under-performing Schools

July 4, 2016

FOX News contributor Juan Williams writes in the Wall Street Journal that ESSA gives states the ability to hold schools accountable for their failures educating minority students. Noting that drop-out rates for African-American and Hispanic students are down, Williams says states can use ESSA to...

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ESSA’s New Rules Address Most Pressing Issues with Impoverished Students

July 2, 2016

Elaine Weiss, national coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, wrote in the Washington Post that ESSA has the potential to help impoverished students. Weiss argues that ESSA’s “parent and community engagement provisions… could become a tool for schools to diagnose root problems and...

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New Changes Under ESSA

June 29, 2016

According to Education Week, ESSA may make it more difficult for school districts to help low-income students pay for Advanced Placement exams. Right now, the “Advanced Placement Test Fee Program” receives $28.5 million annually from the federal government. Next year, the program will be rolled...

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NWEA Enters the Statewide Assessments Market

June 20, 2016

The Northwest Evaluation Association will enter the statewide assessments market, according to an EdWeek Market Brief article, which describes that market as “more turbulent and potentially lucrative.” NWEA is known mostly for it Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test, “an interim assessment taken by students...

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How Will ESSA Impact the “Opt-Out” Movement?

June 19, 2016

Truth-Out.org analyzed the impact that ESSA will have on the “opt-out” movement. The article notes that Secretary King is “not respecting the voices of parents, teachers and students; doubling down on threats to financially punish students for boycotting tests; and digging in his heels to...

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Provisions in ESSA Make Homeless Students a Priority

June 16, 2016

Provisions in ESSA will strengthen data collection to make homeless students more visible, reports The Atlantic. States and local school districts “will be required to disaggregate the graduation rates of homeless students for the first time in history.” According to the article, more than 1.3...

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ESSA Provides New Opportunities for Homeless Students

June 13, 2016

According to NPR, ESSA “includes both new mandates and some extra money to assist districts in helping homeless students.” The law allocates a 20-percent funding increase for services to homeless students, and strengthens reporting mandates to track academic progress. Because the new reporting requirements involve...

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States Now Have More Flexibility Thanks to ESSA

June 10, 2016

An article by the Hechinger Report discussed the negative legacy of NCLB and the impact it has had on the development of ESSA. The article notes, “With the passage of the ESSA, states are now in the midst of crafting their own new benchmarks and...

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ESSA Cheat Sheet

June 7, 2016

Education Week compiled a cheat sheet of what it considers to be some of the most important accountability issues addressed in ESSA and some of the reactions to the regulations ESSA proposes. The issues include school ratings, test participation, accountability indicators, student subgroups, consistently underperforming...

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The “Military Student Identifier” Provision

June 6, 2016

ESSA now requires states to track military children as a “vulnerable subgroup” under the “military student identifier” provision, but The 74 Million reports that many states may be unprepared to comply with the regulation. States must now collect and report on “test scores, attendance and...

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Ed Week to Host ESSA Webinar

June 6, 2016

Education Week announced it will host a webinar titled, “ESSA and K-12 Policy: State and District Perspectives” examining how states and school districts will handle being “in the driver’s seat” on accountability, interventions for low-performing schools, flexibility on federal funding and testing, and where things...

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Dept. of Ed Urges All Stakeholders to Voice Their Concerns About ESSA

June 4, 2016

A number of news outlets have covered the Dept. of Education “urging parents and other stakeholders to voice out their concerns about ESSA ahead of the formulation of its final regulations. An article by The Parent Herald notes that “Parents who care about their children’s...

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How will ESSA Address States with High Opt-Out Rates?

May 31, 2016

Republican lawmakers and civil rights advocates continue to debate how ESSA will treat states with high opt-out rates. According to Education Week, the draft ESSA rules could be seen as an attempt by the Dept. of Education to closely control how states deal with relatively...

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Holding Schools Accountable for More than Non-Academic Factors

May 30, 2016

According to The 74 Million, the Dept. of Education’s regulations propose holding schools accountable for more than non-academic factors. While the department’s regulations don’t propose a specific numerical weight for academic achievement, schools identified for comprehensive support can’t be removed from that status by improving...

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Is Vector ARC the Better Alternative?

May 26, 2016

Justin Haskins, executive editor at The Heartland Institute, comments that under ESSA, schools have the option of using the ACT or SAT for their standardized testing. Alternatively, if the state chooses against their use of either, they are allowed to develop their own. Despite the...

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Education Secretary John King Voices Support for “Supplement, Not Supplant”

May 24, 2016

The 74 Million reports that Education Secretary John King does not plan on backing away from the “supplement, not supplant” regulations within ESSA that require more reporting on district spending. These provisions have been heavily criticized by GOP lawmakers who view the provisions as government...

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States to Count Former English Learners Toward the English Learner Subgroup

May 23, 2016

According to Delia Pompa, a senior fellow for education policy at the Migration Policy Institute, ESSA could allow states to count former English learners toward the English Learner subgroup for the first two years after they exit the category – which is used for accountability...

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Nancy Zirkin Urges Dept of Ed to Advance Resource Equity For ESSA

May 17, 2016

Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president and director of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, spoke at a press conference where she underscored why it is important for the Dept. of Education to advance resource equity under its rulemaking for ESSA. Read more...

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Fordham Institute Hosts its Third Annual “Wonk-a-thon”

May 16, 2016

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute held its third annual “Wonk-a-thon” where this year eleven “wonks” authored articles on ESSA and choice. The eleven articles are up for a vote to determine which contained the best policy discussion. The winner will be selected on May 18....

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ESSA will Take Quick and Intensive Action

May 12, 2016

Robert E. Slavin, Director of the Center for Research and Reform in Education at Johns Hopkins University, commented that ESSA “is not self-activitating” and it will take “quick and intensive action, likely outside of government, to identify and publicize guides to programs meeting ESSA standards.”...

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AFR Comments on the Implementation of ESSA

May 12, 2016

The American Federation of Teachers commented that while states acquire control over “accountability, resources, interventions and teacher evaluation systems” in 2017, “some states will mess up” with implementing the ESSA. Read more here.

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Ed Week Examines the Effect ESSA will Have on Foster Kids

May 10, 2016

Education Week reports on the effect ESSA will have on foster kids, noting that while the new law will break out student-outcome data for this group (i.e. test scores and graduation rates) and keep them in their “school of origin,” there are still many unanswered...

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Blank Discusses the Use of Non-Academic Indicators to Measure Accountability

May 9, 2016

Martin Blank, president of the Institute for Educational Leadership and Coalition for Community Schools, authored a piece in the Huffington Post discussing the use of non-academic indicators to measure accountability under ESSA. Blank concludes that if states choose the right kind of non-academic indicators to...

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Eduction Week’s Take on New ESSA Requirements

May 9, 2016

Education Week breaks down new ESSA requirements for states and districts, which will help capture the types of instructional resources students have access to and whether they have qualified teachers, and a safe school environment. Read more here.

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How Districts Can Utilize ESSA Funding for Technology

May 6, 2016

According to the nonprofit Computer Using Educators (CUE), in order for districts to utilize ESSA funding for technology, both the state and district plans must include specific line items to use the funds for education technology. Read more here.

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GradNation Evaluates ESSA Definition of a Low-Graduation-Rate High School

May 5, 2016

GradNation found that, based on the ESSA definition of a low-graduation-rate high schools, 52 percent of high schools that are charter, virtual, or alternative will fall into this low graduation rate category. Read more here.

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Majority of Principals Believe that ESSA will have a Neutral-Positive Effect

May 5, 2016

Northwest Evaluation Association and Gallup concluded that only half of school principals and superintendents are “familiar” with the new ESSA regulations. Of that, 91 percent believe that ESSA will have a neutral-positive effect students. Read more here.

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2016 Teacher of the Year Honored to be Chosen During the Year of ESSA Implementation

May 3, 2016

During the White House announcement of the 2016 Teacher of the Year, Jahana Hayes mentioned she was honored to be chosen during the year of ESSA implementation. Hayes stated that the law “cements critical policies, like holding high standards for teaching and learning, while also...

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Proposed “Teacher Preparation Rule”

May 2, 2016

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities commented that the Administration’s proposed “teacher preparation rule” – which would have states collect information on teacher placement, retention, and impact on students – is “incongruent with the new Every Student Succeeds Act … which prohibits the...

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Do Alternative Tests Under ESSA Meet National Requirements?

April 29, 2016

Stanford University professor Sean Reardon and his colleagues have completed a testing database of 40 million students that will help determine if alternative tests now allowed under ESSA meet nationally set requirements. Read more here.

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Shareholders of Pearson PLC Reject Proposed Resolution

April 29, 2016

Shareholders of Pearson PLC, the world’s largest education company, “overwhelmingly rejected” a resolution that “sought a six-month business review of Pearson’s policies, including its ‘support of high-stakes testing.’” AFT said that parents opting out of Pearson-supported tests are one reason the company needs to shift...

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ESSA Could Give the GOP Influence in State Plans’ Development

April 26, 2016

Education Week highlighted how the overall political landscape combined with ESSA’s shifting of power back to the states could give the GOP significant influence in the development of state plans. Read more here.

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University of Maryland Ed Policy Experts Launch “#ESSA”

April 4, 2016

Two education policy experts from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, have launched “#ESSA,” a website to monitor “social network sentiment and discourse analysis” of the ESSA. View the website here.

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Summary of State ESSA Tours and Comment Periods Underway

June 17, 2017

It’s important for states to solicit public comments and feedback on their education plans. Below is a list of states’ comment periods that are underway and upcoming tours. CALIFORNIA   Public comments will be welcomed at the following events: Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. to...

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Kentucky Announces New Round of Public Forums

March 13, 2017

Kentucky State Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt announced a series of forums for the public to comment on the state’s accountability system under ESSA. According to Pruitt, the comments gained at the meetings “ensure opportunity and access to a quality education for all.”

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NY Board of Cooperative Educational Services to Host Forum About Provisions Under ESSA

February 15, 2017

The Board of Cooperative Educational Services will host a forum to discuss accountability provisions under ESSA. Feedback from the event will be used by the New York Dept. of Education and the Board of Regents to draft the state’s plan.

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NEA Webinar Series “Building Strong Schools through ESSA” Highlights Oregon

November 16, 2016

The National Education Association (NEA) continues its webinar series on “Building Strong Schools through ESSA” by highlighting stakeholder efforts in Oregon. The series is designed to provide teachers with resources to work with state leaders when designing new state ESSA plans. The next webinar takes...

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November 17

November 2, 2016

The National Education Association will host its second webinar on ESSA implementation, with a focus on Oregon. To register for the event, click here.

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AIR Forum on Nov 1 Will Discuss Implementation of ESSA’s Non-Academic Measures

November 2, 2016

The American Institutes for Research will host a forum for states and school districts implementing ESSA’s non-academic measure on Tuesday, November 1 from noon to 1:15 pm EST. Under ESSA, additional skills can be incorporated into the classroom and states can use “at least one...

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iNACOL Webinar on Nov 9 To Cover Personalized Learning Under ESSA

November 1, 2016

The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) will host a webinar on November 9 from 2:00pm to 3:00 pm EST regarding opportunities for personalized learning under ESSA. The organization will also discuss an upcoming report on recommendations for lawmakers to support the “transformation of...

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WY Dept. of Education Begins Statewide Listening Tour

October 21, 2016

The Wyoming Dept. of Education is beginning its statewide listening tour and published an online survey to continue stakeholder engagement on the implementation of ESSA in Wyoming. “This really is an effort to continue the stakeholder engagement we began this summer with the virtual town...

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NASBE Annual Conference to Cover State Accountability under ESSA

October 20, 2016

The National Association of State Boards of Education’s Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO, runs from October 19-21 and will focus on, among other topics, teacher professional development, early education, and state accountability under ESSA. The complete agenda can be found here.

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NEA Webinar Profiles Educator-Led Approaches to ESSA Implementation

October 17, 2016

The National Education Association hosted a webinar with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development on ESSA implementation. NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia argued that educators not only “have the opportunity” to make changes under ESSA, but they also “have the responsibility” to work together...

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Local Superintendent Discusses ESSA Implications

October 6, 2016

Topeka Superintendent Tiffany Anderson discussed the implications of ESSA during a webinar sponsored by the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Schott Foundation for Public Education. She argued that, “it’s now about preparing kids for college and not just taking a test. We’re about serving the whole kid. ESSA...

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NASSP Hosts Webinar on Student Engagement and School Environments

September 28, 2016

The National Association of Secondary School Principals hosted a webinar focused on ESSA and student engagement. The session provided insight for viewers into how education leaders and students “can work together” to ensure ESSA “meets the specific needs of their community.” The webinar also explained...

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Dept. of Education Releases ESSA Resource Site

September 22, 2016

The Dept. of Education compiled the history, available resources, proposed regulations, guidance and regulatory information, public notice, and negotiated rulemaking on ESSA on their website. The Dept. highlights that “The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the...

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Ed Week Evaluates How ESSA will Affect the Education Industry

August 10, 2016

As part of the Inside ESSA Webinar Series, Education Week will be hosting an online forum discussing the implications of ESSA’s implementation on education companies. The webinar will delve into how the law is being implemented and how it affects organizations working in the education...

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Ohio Dept of Education Webinar on Non-Academic Quality Measures

August 8, 2016

The Ohio Department of Education will host the third in a series of webinars to cover focus areas within the ESSA on Wednesday, August 10th. Participants will learn more about non-academic quality measures and share their thoughts with the Department.

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House Education and Workforce Committee to Hold Hearing on Recent Efforts to Implement ESSA

June 22, 2016

The House Education and the Workforce Committee will be holding a full committee hearing on ESSA titled “Next Steps in K-12 Education: Examining Recent Efforts to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.” Testimony from Secretary of Education John King and four other panelists will begin...

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