April 30, 2015
February 28, 2018
WBAL Radio reports that Maryland parents will soon be able to find out how their children’s school ranks statewide, as well as what each school is doing to improve its performance. This change, which is “connected” to ESSA—will be implemented in the fall, and “show parents how...
December 12, 2017
Maryland was the first second-round state to receive feedback on their ESSA plan. The U.S. Dept. of Education has asked the state to “rethink” its “student achievement goals, calculating academic growth into its accountability system, and explain how it will measure school climate and access...
October 17, 2017
Approved State Plans Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia: Final Plan Approved (1/19/18) Hawaii: Final Plan Approved (1/19/18) Idaho: Final Plan Approved (4/3/18) Illinois: Final...
September 15, 2017
In letters sent this week to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Maryland State Board of Education President Andy Smarick, Governor Larry Hogan “wrote that he believes” the state’s ESSA plan “will make little difference under a state law he fought against.”
August 22, 2017
The Maryland State Board of Education has approved its plan. The plan now goes to Gov. Hogan for approval before submission to the U.S. Dept. of Education.
June 29, 2017
The Maryland Board of Education approved a “five-star rating system” under the state’s ESSA plan. Cheryl Bost, vice president of the Maryland State Education Association, commented this plan “will set the direction and priorities of local school systems for the next 10 to 15 years,...
April 12, 2017
The Maryland Legislature overruled Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill that “would limit the state’s use of charter operators and vouchers to improve low-performing schools” under the state’s ESSA plan. The bill received support from the teacher’s union who argued it “was meant to...
March 25, 2017
The Maryland Legislature submitted a bill that would allow the state’s Board of Education to “determine how schools should be rated to determine performance.” The bill would “force the state board to reduce the weight given to standardized testing” and “prohibit the state from turning...
January 12, 2017
During a recent meeting as part of the Maryland Dept. of Education’s ESSA listening tour, stakeholders called for “consistency and ease of access to information” and “expressed interest in using additional indicators of success outside of academic standards.” Participants also suggested “investing in good leaders...
January 5, 2017
The Maryland State Dept. of Education is launching a five-stop listening tour for ESSA. The dept. “expects to submit its plan to the Dept. of Education this summer.”
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.