April 30, 2015
October 17, 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. Approved Plans Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Connecticut:...
September 19, 2017
Under ESSA, “thousands of Indiana diplomas known as general diplomas would no longer count for a school’s graduation rate,” and Indiana “could see its statewide graduation rate drop from 89 percent to 76 percent.” The state’s Congressional Delegation “wants the federal education department to give...
September 18, 2017
Governor Eric Holcomb “has given his stamp of approval” to Indiana’s ESSA plan. The state’s top education officials seem to have, at least thus far, “reached some level of consensus on how to move forward.”
September 10, 2017
Indiana’s ESSA plan “is on Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk” and is awaiting his signature. The plan “would keep student assessment in place under a new statewide test, take on chronic absenteeism and eventually assess a school’s climate for student achievement.”
August 17, 2017
Indiana’s plan was delivered to the Governor’s office Tuesday where he and his staff will have 30 days to review and edit before it is submitted to the United States Department of Education on September 18. To view Indiana’s ESSA plan, visit: http://www.doe.in.gov/essa
August 2, 2017
The Indiana State Board of Education agreed to reformat the state’s A-F grading system under ESSA. The proposed system makes changes to chronic absenteeism, students learning English, test score improvement, college and career readiness, and the overall A-F grading formula.
July 24, 2017
Indiana education officials are “proposing future state math and science tests in Spanish — and possibly other languages.” Supporters of native language tests argue “they can be far less jarring for children than sitting them in front of a test written in a language they...
July 14, 2017
The Indiana State Board of Education is “considering giving student proficiency more significance than student growth when grading school performance” under the state’s ESSA plan. According to board member David Freitas, “Proficiency is more important than growth.” The board will revisit the issue at the...
July 8, 2017
The Indiana Dept. of Education is accepting public feedback on the state’s draft ESSA plan. Greensburg Community School Corporation Superintendent Tom Hunter “was pleased to see the department offering this comment period.” He also stated, “You have to have some opportunity for parents to voice...
June 30, 2017
The Indiana Dept. of Education released the state’s draft ESSA plan. According to Patrick McAlister, IDOE’s policy director and lead writer on the plan, “ESSA is our moment to make some interesting investments and changes in the state and really try and make the process...
April 19, 2017
The Indiana Dept. of Education gathered feedback from educators at a public forum on the state’s draft ESSA plan. The meeting included small group discussions and presentations on what teachers thought should be recognized in the state’s final plan.
April 4, 2017
The Indiana Dept. of Education hosted more than 100 stakeholders at a public forum to discuss the state’s ESSA plan. Ryan Snoddy, superintendent of the Northwestern School Corporation, was “impressed with the ideas presented at the meeting” and believed the discussions were a “good start.”...
August 22, 2016
Early this week, State Superintendent Glenda Ritz held the first of a series of meetings with a group of 19 educators tapped to help examine how the state rates schools and make sure the A-F school grading system meets ESSA regulations. According to the Chalkbeat report,...
June 29, 2016
The state Dept. of Education held its first meeting on ESSA with local Superintendents, which provided an overview of ESSA and went into more details on the components of Assessment, Accountability, and Federal Funds. The presentations and materials can be found here.
June 2, 2016
Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter to the Dept. of Education requesting more information about federal dollars for a statewide pre-K program created under ESSA. He asks to be notified when the application is open. Read more here.
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.