April 30, 2015
July 20, 2017
Florida is seeking a waiver from “several fundamental portions of ESSA that dictate how schools handle some of the country’s most historically underperforming and disadvantaged students.” The state is “asking, among other things, that it not be required to judge schools based on how well English-learners...
May 11, 2017
Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced the department has “no intention of scrapping its efforts to date in creating an ESSA state implementation plan.” Stewart stated Florida will continue to work to submit the original state plan by the Sept. 18th deadline.
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...
February 2, 2017
Almost 200 students from Broward County participated in a student-focused assembly on ESSA. The Black Press of America (NNPA) coordinated the event through a grant “designed to raise public awareness about ESSA.”
August 5, 2016
Following the close of the public comment window for stakeholders on Florida’s accountability plan, Education Commissioner Pam Stewart sent a letter to U.S. Education Secretary John King. In her letter, she “touts Florida’s existing system, and reminds the secretary that the federal government cannot force...
June 29, 2016
The state Dept. of Education is accepting public input on each component of ESSA through July 22. The state Dept. of Education website divides the feedback into “specific sections named in the law, each title named in the law, and U.S. Dept. of Education draft...
June 17, 2016
The Florida Department of Education held its first online public input session on ESSA on June 20. In advance of the meeting, the Jacksonville Public Education Fund published a write up of the basics of the law and the Florida public input sessions, and provided...
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.