April 30, 2015
October 17, 2017
Since April 3, a number of states have submitted their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Here’s a compiled list of the state plan submissions and the most recent draft versions states have released so far. Approved Plans Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Connecticut:...
October 12, 2017
The Alabama State School Board has approved the state’s ESSA plan, but stated “changes will be needed in the future.” Parents and advocates of special need students have raised concern over the plan, because it “allows any sub-group (such as special needs) with less than...
September 30, 2017
In Alabama, parents of special needs children say they have been shut out of the state’s ESSA process, and some are frustrated with the “seeming unwillingness of the state board of education to listen to the special education community’s concerns.”
August 4, 2017
Alabama State Superintendent Michael Sentance discussed the state’s ESSA plan, commenting that he is “working hard and fast” to “create an environment so that people understand where we’re going.” Once the plan is implemented, Sentance believes that there will be “real, profound change in the...
July 27, 2017
Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance released the state’s draft ESSA plan for public review and comment. As reported by Education Week, Sentence has been “under fire” by the state board for his “communication and leadership style and the department’s attempted takeover of Montgomery, Ala., public schools.”...
November 13, 2016
Due to the changing administrations, State Superintendent Michael Sentance stated that work to draft Alabama’s ESSA plan will be “paused.” During a State Board of Education meeting, members were told that the new administration “won’t adopt policies and regulations related to the act without first...
September 5, 2016
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) authored an opinion piece in the Montgomery Advertiser highlighting her recent visit with Alabama’s ESSA Implementation Committee, where she offered “guidance in interpreting congressional intent” of ESSA.
August 17, 2016
The Alabama School Public Relations Association will conduct a forum to help community members understand ESSA and give them the opportunity to ask questions.
August 9, 2016
The Governor’s ESSA implementation committee held it’s first of eight meetings this week to help parents and teachers understand the law, answer questions, and gather feedback. The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 16th.
July 15, 2016
U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-Ala.) held a meeting with state superintendents last week. Of note, it was reported that local leaders expressed “concerns about the Dept. of Education adhering to the strict state authority provisions during the critical implementation process.” As a result, Roby wrote...
June 29, 2016
ESSA Implementation Committee leadership is working to host forums for local education agency leaders to have a voice in the development of the state plan. Comments will be accepted online through October 30, 2016.
June 29, 2016
The Alabama ESSA Implementation Committee – in partnership with the state Dept. of Education – held the first round of subcommittee meetings this past week. Subcommittee meetings were held on Educator Effectiveness, Schools and District Improvement, Early Learning, Title Programs, Data Collection and Reporting, Accountability,...
June 20, 2016
The ESSA Implementation Committee – a group appointed by Governor’s office in March – has launched a webpage that contains basic information about the committee and how the public can provide comment to the committee. Public comments will be taken through October 30, 2016 and...
May 18, 2016
State Board of Education member Matthew Brown is receiving criticism for his appointment of Ryan Cantrell, state director for the pro-school choice group the Alabama Federation for Children, to the ESSA stakeholder group, noting Cantrell’s large contribution to Brown’s campaign. Read more here.
May 16, 2016
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.
May 11, 2016
Governor Robert Bentley held the inaugural meeting of the ESSA Implementation Committee this week. The 27-member committee includes superintendents and members of county school boards, school principals, state Department of Education officials and education policy advocates from across Alabama. Read more here.