Public Engagement

Below are the most recent news and reports around public engagement.

Summary of State ESSA Tours and Comment Periods Underway

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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Primas Calls for Parent and Community Involvement in ESSA Development

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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RI Dept. of Ed Hosts Series of Forums

The Rhode Island Department of Education has been hosting a series of forums to get public feedback on the state’s ESSA plan. Deputy Commissioner for Teaching and Learning Mary Ann Snider said discussions have focused on “goals, accountability and report cards; supports for educators and…

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New York Releases Draft ESSA Plan

New York unveiled its draft ESSA plan. Public comments on the draft plan are being accepted through June 16.

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WI State Legislature Briefed on ESSA Plan

Members of the Wisconsin State Legislature were briefed on the state’s ESSA plan. The Assembly subsequently passed a measure requiring the “education department to respond to any concerns education committee members raise to the plan.”

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NM Education Secretary Begins 8-City Tour

New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera began an eight-city tour to gather public feedback on New Mexico’s ESSA implementation plan. Skandera’s goals are to close gaps in achievement and to improve the state’s education system. She added, “Proficiency rates dropped pretty exponentially when we shifted…

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IN Dept. of Ed Gathers Stakeholder Feedback at Public Forum

The Indiana Dept. of Education gathered feedback from educators at a public forum on the state’s draft ESSA plan. The meeting included small group discussions and presentations on what teachers thought should be recognized in the state’s final plan.

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IN Dept. of Ed Hosts More Than 100 Stakeholders at Public Forum

The Indiana Dept. of Education hosted more than 100 stakeholders at a public forum to discuss the state’s ESSA plan. Ryan Snoddy, superintendent of the Northwestern School Corporation, was “impressed with the ideas presented at the meeting” and believed the discussions were a “good start.”…

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

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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IN Dept. of Ed Hosts Public Form about ESSA Plan

The Indiana Dept. of Education will host a public forum to discuss the state’s ESSA plan. The meeting will “begin with a brief overview of ESSA, followed by small group discussions involving attendees and IDOE staff.”

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PA Education Officials Attend Public Hearing on Overview of ESSA

Matthew Stem, deputy secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education at the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education, attended a public hearing hosted by the House and Senate Education Committees on an “overview of ESSA” and “what schools can expect in the upcoming year.”

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NY Hosts Public Forums on ESSA

New York’s Board of Cooperative Educational Services hosted two public forums on ESSA. Participants at the events praised the idea of giving school districts the “opportunity to pilot locally created assessments and to allow for more frequent assessments to inform instruction.” Attendees also endorsed the need…

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

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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Kentucky Announces New Round of Public Forums

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

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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Advance Illinois to Host Community Forum for Stakeholders on ESSA

Advance Illinois will host a community forum for stakeholders on ESSA. Illinois State Superintendent of Education Dr. Tony Smith and Education Trust-West Executive Director Ryan Smith will speak at the event.

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BOCES to Host Public Hearing on ESSA

The Sullivan Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Region will host a public hearing on ESSA with the New York State Department of Education on March 9. Community members are invited to the forum to give feedback on the state’s implementation plan.

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Joint Education Oversight Committee to Host Hearing on Ohio’s ESSA Plan

The Joint Education Oversight Committee will host a hearing for stakeholders to give public feedback on Ohio’s EESA plan on March 9.

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OH Superintendents Express Public Concern over States’ Plans

Members of the Akron Area School Superintendents’ Association issued public recommendations for the state’s ESSA plan. Superintendents released their comments publicly because they were “alarmed that the feedback gathered during these stakeholder meetings does not appear to have been included in Ohio’s plan.” Recommendations included…

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The Importance of Teacher Leadership Under ESSA

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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NJ Dept. of Ed Releases First Draft ESSA Plan

The New Jersey Dept. of Education released its first draft ESSA implementation plan. The plan is available for public comment and consideration until March 20, 2017.

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MI Dept. of Ed Releases Draft ESSA Plan

The Michigan Dept. of Education released its draft ESSA plan. The plan is open for a 30-day public comment period, ending March 16.

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The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Send Joint Letter to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction

The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce sent a joint letter to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, discussing concern over the lack of involvement by the state legislature when drafting the state’s ESSA implementation plan. The groups argued that, by failing to…

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CO Dept. of Ed Releases First Draft ESSA Plan

The Colorado Dept. of Education released its first draft ESSA implementation plan. The plan is available for public comment and consideration until March 13, 2017.

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

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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