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April 30, 2015

D.C.’s Education Leaders Put Aside Differences to Improve Schools

April 14, 2017

This article was originally published on RealClearEducation. Last week, Washington D.C. education officials voted 6-3 to approve the District’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, the new federal legislation governing American education. For observers of political fights who are accustomed to seeing the...

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Real Clear Education Analyzes DC’s ESSA Plan

April 12, 2017

Real Clear Education took a deep dive into DC’s ESSA plan, noting that its ambitious and comes with substantial changes to the status quo. The article notes that the plan sets lofty goals for student performance, calling for 85 percent of students to score a...

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Thomas B. Fordham Institute Raises Concerns over DC’s Proposed ESSA Plan

April 6, 2017

In an opinion piece, Michael J. Petrilli and Brandon L. Wright of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute raised concerns over the District of Columbia’s proposed ESSA plan. Petrilli and Wright argued that the District’s accountability plan doesn’t “do nearly enough for high achievers, especially those...

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DC Leaders Call for Approval of Draft Plan

March 17, 2017

Over 50 education and civil rights leaders in Washington D.C. called for the district’s board to approve the proposed ESSA implementation plan. Stakeholders argued that the plan will “create a more transparent, equitable, and effective accountability system for the District’s children.” In the letter, leaders...

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DC Stakeholders Encourage Others to Submit Feedback on ESSA Plan

February 22, 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Primas, project manager for the National Newspaper Publishers Association(NNPA), encouraged stakeholders to submit feedback on Washington D.C.’s ESSA plan. Primas noted that she is “excited about the promise of ESSA to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools” and doesn’t “want to see ESSA derailed by politics...

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DC State Board Discusses ESSA Implementation

September 7, 2016

Discussions on how D.C. will implement ESSA are under way at the D.C. State Board of Education. The next working session will be held on September 7th.

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OSSE Launches ESSA Resource Website

August 19, 2016

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education has launched new resources on their ESSA website. A new survey – open until September 16th – asks for opinions on potential accountability measures. OSSE also provides a comprehensive listing of upcoming engagement opportunities for LEA leaders...

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DC State Board Holds First Stakeholder Meetings

June 9, 2016

The State Board of Education held the first of its meetings with stakeholders from D.C. wards on ESSA. The SBOE has to approve the plan by early next year and is holding community meetings in every ward to better-address people’s concerns. SBOE Executive Director John-Paul C....

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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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