April 30, 2015

State Plan Submissions and Drafts

April 5, 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. Submitted Plans   Arizona: Submitted Plan (5/1/17) Colorado: Submitted...

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Arizona Teachers Express Concern Over New ESSA Requirements

March 2, 2017

Some Arizona teachers expressed concern over new ESSA requirements that they believe may not lead to “equitable changes in how school districts’ allocate resources to help students succeed.” According to AZ Ed News, teachers are worried about Title I funding rules, eliminating inequalities, and closing the achievement gap.

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AZ is First State to Submit Finalized ESSA Plan

January 15, 2017

Arizona has become one of the first states to submit a finalized ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education. According to Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, “Arizona has been at the forefront of ESSA implementation and innovation since the release of our...

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AZ Dept. of Education Releases Second Draft of State ESSA Plan

November 12, 2016

The Arizona Dept. of Education released a second draft of its ESSA state plan. Arizona officials plan to release a third draft in December.

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AZ Dept. of Education Releases Draft ESSA Plan

September 7, 2016

The Arizona Department of Education released the first draft of its state plan. The draft reflects “a shared statewide vision for Arizona’s students and schools on topics such as accountability, funding, school improvement and grant-making systems.” According to a cover letter from Superintendent of Public...

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Local Superintendent Testifies Before HELP Committee

July 16, 2016

Dr. Gail Pletnick testified before the United States Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee last week on the importance of keeping ESSA implementation local. She argued that the proposed regulations are “unnecessarily rigid regulations that may hinder the very state and district innovation...

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Arizona School Boards Association Shares Benefits of ESSA

July 12, 2016

AZ Ed News, a service of the Arizona School Boards Association, posted a blog laying out how ESSA will build stronger schools in the state. The post included a graphic describing the law and potential changes under ESSA, and covers the changes in depth, including...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

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.

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