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May 12, 2015

Feds Still Not Happy With Golden State’s Accountability Plan…

June 12, 2018

According to John Fensterwald at EdSource, the U.S. Department of Education has “raised additional questions about California’s plan for complying with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, further delaying the federal government’s approval of the plan.”

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How Did California and Florida Change Their ESSA Plans to Win Approval?

April 24, 2018

California and Florida have finally resubmitted their ESSA plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Education Week’s Alyson Klein explores what exactly was changed by both states in the hopes of winning approval.

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Supporting Migrant Students through ESSA

April 13, 2018

Sacramento’s ABC Channel 10 provides an overview of California’s Migrant Education Program, which is “authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).” The program is designed to “support migrant students by helping reduce...

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California Finally Finalizes Accountability Plan…

April 12, 2018

“Two years, a presidential election and many meetings after the California State Board of Education first started talking about how to satisfy a major federal education law, members finally agreed Thursday to submit a final plan,” writes Joy Resmovits. The vote to submit a final...

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To Compromise or Not to Compromise…That is the Question (In California)

April 8, 2018

“How far to push the federal government?” asks EdSource’s John Fensterwald. Members of the California State Board of Education will answer that question at a special meeting “when they consider proposed compromises” regarding the state’s ESSA, which U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos “will likely approve—if...

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California Education Must Seize Chance to Be Better

March 31, 2018

While it is positive that California “has established college-ready standards and high-quality and aligned assessments” and has “adopted rigorous academic goals,” Faith and Education Coalition Leadership Advisory Council member Yvette Santana still has concerns about the Golden State’s education system. She believes the state’s new education accountability...

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ESSA Plan Delays = Talk, But No Action, for Lowest Performing Schools

March 26, 2018

The 74’s Laura Greanias reports on how there has been “a lot of talk but little action from Los Angeles and California education officials when it comes to supporting the lowest-performing schools.” This is due, at least in part, to the state Board of Education’s...

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Board Vote Postpones Golden State ESSA Plan Revision

March 14, 2018

According to John Fensterwald at EdSource, California could be closing in on a deal to resolve differences with the U.S. Education Department over the state’s ESSA plan. But recently, the California Board of Education put off voting on these measures and “some board members indicated...

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CA should “stay the course” on ESSA plan

March 12, 2018

Learning Policy Institute President Linda Darling-Hammond writes that “mixed messages” from the federal Education Department “are enough to give a state whiplash.” While Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says states missed out on opportunities for “flexibility and innovation” under ESSA, she also hasn’t approved California’s plan, “one of...

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Golden State, feds close to ESSA plan compromise?

March 7, 2018

“After a high-level, face-to-face meeting in Washington and continued negotiations, state officials are expressing confidence” that the U.S. Department of Education will approve California’s ESSA plan, reports John Fensterwald, and in doing so “avert a standoff with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos over differing interpretations of...

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CA Parents Like New Report Card

February 13, 2018

Education Week’s Daarel Burnette II reports that, despite initial backlash, a newly released poll conducted by the University of Southern California and Public Analysis for California Education finds that Golden State parents “are pretty fond of a redesigned and highly controversial statewide school report card,” which...

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California Officials Digging in Heals on ESSA Plan

January 17, 2018

According to the Orange County Register, despite “significant criticisms last month by the U.S. Department of Education”—not to mention from the Check State Plans peer reviewers—California “will likely make clarifications but no substantial changes” to the state’s ESSA plan.

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California Dreamin’ (Of A Better ESSA Plan)

January 8, 2018

LA School Report’s Mike Szymanski discusses how California’s ESSA plan “received some of the toughest criticism in the nation” from the U.S. Dept. of Education, which “came as no surprise to parents and education advocates.” The article underscores how California’s accountability plan “ranked” at the...

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Federal Education Officials Call Out California ESSA Plan

December 27, 2017

EdSource’s John Fensterwald reports that in a December 21 letter, the U.S. Department of Education “cited substantive flaws in California’s plan detailing how it will improve low-performing schools and use billions of dollars of federal education aid” under ESSA.

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California and Combatting Chronic Absenteeism

December 12, 2017

According to new state data, “more than one in 10 [California] students are chronically absent.” Phyllis Jordan finds this information “troubling because chronic absenteeism is associated with weaker test scores, higher dropout rates and lower chances of finishing college,” and discusses ways the state can...

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State Not Giving Parents Tools Needed to Evaluate Schools

December 12, 2017

LA School Report says the CheckStatePlans.org evaluation finds that California’s ESSA lacks two critical data points necessary to evaluate schools. The state received the lowest scores in two of the review’s nine categories: “failing to identify the 5 percent of lowest-performing schools, including high schools...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

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:...

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CA Adopts State’s ESSA Plan

September 13, 2017

The California State Board of Education adopted the state’s ESSA compliance plan “with, as expected, few changes to the draft published last month.” After a year-and-a-half of work, “most board members said they were satisfied that the document meshes with and advances the state’s larger...

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Teacher Groups Frustrated with CA’s ESSA Plan, According to LA School Report

July 14, 2017

According to LA School Report, teacher groups are “frustrated with California’s ESSA plan’s ‘loose’ definition of ineffective teachers.” Daniel Weisberg, CEO of TNTP, said he was “disappointed,” and that “California’s loose definition of an ineffective teacher is not good for teachers overall.”

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CA Dept. of Ed Releases Final Forum Dates for Public Feedback

June 16, 2017

The California Dept. of Education released the final June forum dates for public feedback on the state’s ESSA plan. Barbara Murchison, who has “collected the ESSA input from throughout the state for the last month,” encouraged leaders to attend meetings because, “We are glad to...

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CA Dept. of Ed Hosts Public Meetings on State’s ESSA Plan

June 13, 2017

The California Dept. of Education will host two public meetings in Los Angeles and two online webinars on the state’s ESSA plan. Meetings will be held in English and Spanish. The public comment period ends on June 30.

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CA Open Public Comment Period for State’s ESSA Plan

June 12, 2017

Comment period opens for California’s education accountability plan. Two meetings will be held this week in Los Angeles, and two more will be held in online webinars open for everyone to have a say on California’s Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan. The public comment period ends...

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CA Dept. of Ed Seeks Public Comment

May 18, 2017

The California State Board of Education opened its public comment portal for feedback related to the state’s ESSA plan. The comment period will open be open from May 22 to June 30, 2017. The California Dept. of Education will also is also partner with various...

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CA Dept. of Ed Debuts “School Accountability Dashboard” Website

March 17, 2017

Under ESSA, the California Dept. of Education debuted a “school accountability dashboard” website. The page is designed to be a “one-stop comparison tool” for its “ability to highlight high-performing schools for best practices and low-performing schools that need the most help.”

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Rev. Sam Casey Asks Californians’ Help on ESSA Plan

February 24, 2017

 Rev. Sam Casey, founder and executive director for Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement (COPE), asked Californians to help shape the state’s ESSA implementation plan. Casey called for stakeholders to provide feedback to “best serve students in our community” as well as to help “community members become informed activists...

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CA Education Advocates Say New ESSA Plan Must Work for All Students

January 13, 2017

Rev. Samuel Casey, executive director of Congregations United in Prophetic Engagement, wrote an opinion piece on the importance of stakeholders providing feedback to the state’s ESSA plan. Casey stated that California’s new plan must “work for all of our students.” He also encouraged everyone to...

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Column Discusses “Multiple Measures” Accountability System

October 17, 2016

A column in the Sacramento Bee argues that California’s new “multiple measures” accountability system, which is being finalized by the state Board of Education, “abolishes the state’s previous system of assigning scores to schools to signal how well their students are improving” and would not...

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CORE Districts Ask Permission to Develop Hybrid System of Accountability

July 31, 2016

California’s CORE districts are asking the State Board of Education for permission to continue to develop their hybrid system of accountability in 2017-18 and beyond. The Board will discuss and possibly vote on the proposal at its next meeting in September. Operating through a nonprofit,...

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80+ Organizations Ask State Board of Education to Focus on Equity

July 8, 2016

In a letter to the State Board of Education, over 80 organizations joined Ed Trust–West in calling for a clear focus on equity in California’s new education accountability system. The groups argued, “When education leaders have timely, relevant data, they can more quickly identify what’s...

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CA Dept. of Education to Host Six Regional Meetings

July 7, 2016

The California Department of Education is holding six regional meetings on the transition to ESSA. The first meeting was held late last week by the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools.

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CA Dept. of Education Holds Stakeholder Meeting

June 29, 2016

The state Dept. of Education held a stakeholder meeting on ESSA at the Los Angeles County Office of Education in Downey.

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State to Face Challenges in Development New Accountability System

June 21, 2016

The 74 Million reports on the challenges the state will likely face when developing its new accountability system as it will have to observe several “oversight demands by ESSA” while also remaining “true to the state’s ethos of de-emphasising test scores and focusing on helping...

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CA Dept. of Education Holds First ESSA Webinar

June 1, 2016

With support from the California Comprehensive Center at WestEd, the state Dept. of Education held its first informational webinar to provide an overview of ESSA and an update on the development of the ESSA State Plan. The next webinar will be held June 4th. Read...

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Local Superintendent Discusses ESSA Implementation

May 17, 2016

Michael McCormick, superintendent of the Val Verde Public School District, spoke at The Atlantic’s annual Education Summit, noting he believes there is a tension in our education system between compliance and innovation as a result of ESSA. He also commented that he believes his state...

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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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CA State Board Meets to Discuss ESSA Plan

May 11, 2016

The State Board of Education met to discuss the advancement of their ESSA implementation plan. An initial timeline notes the Board of Education will draft a plan August and September, after which they will conduct a 30-day public comment period. Read more here.

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Education Committee Approves Bill Allowing Legislature to Opine on ESSA Implementation

April 26, 2016

The Assembly Education Committee approved a bill by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) to “make the Legislature’s voice known and then to be part of discussions moving forward” surrounding ESSA implementation. What the State Board thinks of the bill will become clearer in two weeks,...

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