April 30, 2015
December 8, 2018
Brenna Bailey reports for the Arizona Daily Star that, while Arizona has long focused on local control of schools, the Collaborative’s Promise to Practice report “says the state’s approach has backfired when it comes to improving its lowest performing schools.” Peer reviewers found that Arizona’s...
April 5, 2018
Christie Renick reports for Tucson Weekly about ESSA’s requirement that states “solve the mobility problem for foster youth,” which “mandated child welfare and education departments work together to pay for transportation to a foster youth’s ‘school of origin.’” Here’s the thing, though: Arizona says it...
December 15, 2017
Citing New Mexico’s peer review results from the first round of CheckStatePlans.org, Gov. Susana Martinez concluded that she, “will not stop fighting for reforms that will prepare our students for the future.”
October 30, 2017
According to the Washington Times, Arizona may put the “promises of greater flexibility” under ESSA to the test due to a 2016 state law “that allows traditional and charter school leaders to choose the standardized test they think best fits each school’s teaching methods.”
October 23, 2017
An Education Week blog takes a look at Arizona’s ESSA plan, and how civil rights advocates are concerned how it will impact transient students. The plan, which has already been approved by the U.S. Department of Education, “attaches different weights to students test scores, depending...
October 17, 2017
Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...
August 10, 2017
The Dept. of Education released feedback on Arizona, North Dakota, and Vermont’s ESSA plans. As reported by Education Week, Arizona “will need to change the way that science factors into its accountability system.” North Dakota “needs to do a better job of explaining how student...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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.