April 30, 2015
October 8, 2018
Theresa Bourke reports about a local district’s effort to improve their special ed math curricula as part of their continuous improvement plan under ESSA. The district “began the initiative last year because data showed special education students—especially at the elementary and middle school levels—were not...
September 21, 2018
Erin Hinrichs provides an excellent overview of Minnesota’s ESSA plan for MinnPost. Noting that while standardized testing still matters a “great deal,” the new North Star system is based on five key measurements, including “academic achievement, academic growth, progress toward English language proficiency for students...
August 28, 2018
Erin Golden and MaryJo Webster report for the Minneapolis Star Tribune that, under ESSA, Minnesota is “broadening its barometer for success to include high school graduation rates, attendance, progress made by students learning English, and students’ improvement on test scores,” and under these measures, about a quarter of schools...
January 24, 2018
MinnPost reports that, in light of the U.S. Department of Education’s recent approval of Minnesota’s ESSA plan, “establishing high graduation expectations seems essential to ensuring the state has a more equitable public education system.” But the gains so often celebrated on this issue are being...
January 12, 2018
In the Austin Daily Herald, Solvejg Wastvedt reports that the U.S. Department of Education has approved Minnesota’s ESSA plan, under which the state “will evaluate schools on five factors: state test scores, how many students move up a level on state tests, graduation rates, progress...
January 8, 2018
According to the Pioneer Press, Minnesota schools “must make across-the-board progress if they want to be released from the increased oversight and support provided to struggling schools under the state’s new education accountability plans.” This is just one of several aspects of the state’s ESSA...
December 31, 2017
St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Christopher Magan reports that, in mid-December, the U.S. Department of Education sent a letter to Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius “asking state leaders to clarify several points of Minnesota’s new school accountability plan.” Minnesota was asked to clarify “how the...
October 30, 2017
Three state legislators in Minnesota have written to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and state Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius saying the state’s ESSA plan “lacks transparency and clarity” and “will not do enough for underperforming teachers and schools.”
September 18, 2017
After “years of intense pressure on school test scores, the state’s education department on Monday submitted” its ESSA plan to the federal government, which “broadens its previous reach—promising to evaluate more schools than before, and in a well-rounded fashion.
August 17, 2017
The Minnesota Dept. of Education is “hitting the road this month” for a series of public meetings regarding the state’s ESSA plan.
May 11, 2017
The Minnesota Legislature submitted a bill requiring members to review the state’s ESSA plan 30 days before submission to the Dept. of Education. The bill also “directs the commissioner to ensure there’s alignment with the existing state school accountability system, the World’s Best Workforce, to...
April 19, 2017
The Minnesota Dept. of Education released preliminary elements of the state’s ESSA plan. These factors included details about testing frequency, indicators for identifying troubled schools, and plans for holding schools accountable.
January 9, 2017
Members of the ESSA Educator Quality committee are working together to improve Minnesota’s accountability laws under ESSA. Richard Rosivach, a history teacher at Irondale High School and member of the committee, noted the group had “successfully worked through some difficult topics.”
January 7, 2017
Due to the extension of the original ESSA deadline, the Minnesota Dept. of Education announced they will submit their draft plan in September 2017. The department will facilitate “additional stakeholder engagement and community outreach.”
October 21, 2016
With the help of a multi-pronged work group, the Minnesota Dept. of Education (MDE) has already narrowed down a front runner to use as an indicator of school quality or student success in its accountability plan: chronic absenteeism. According to the Minnesota Post, “groups have...
September 28, 2016
The Minnesota Dept. of Education will begin conducting their second round of regional meetings to engage with stakeholders around the state’s plan for ESSA implementation – a total of six meetings beginning October 5th. Feedback from Minnesota’s July meetings has been posted to the site.
August 11, 2016
The Minnesota Dept. of Education’s technical committee, tasked to define Minnesota’s accountability system under ESSA, met last week for their third public meeting. In addition to summer meetings, committee meetings will continue in October, November and December.
August 9, 2016
Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius commented on the recently-released scores for the 2016 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments which showed a steep increase in the number of parents opting their students out of taking the state assessments. She notes that, “though ESSA requires that we continue testing, I...
July 21, 2016
State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius led a forum last week, attended by nearly 300 educators, lawmakers, and community members, as part of ongoing efforts to gather input on how to comply with the federal changes. At the meeting, Cassellius noted that she hopes the updated...
July 14, 2016
State Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius will host an ESSA meeting on July 20th.
June 29, 2016
The state Dept. of Education released notes from several topic meetings held on ESSA earlier this spring. According to the Minnesota School Boards Association, the state will convene specific workgroups on key topics this summer that will contribute significantly to the state plan. In fall...
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.
May 5, 2016
State Dept. of Education hosted two more of its ESSA topic meetings which focused on foster care and homeless youth, as well as Title I schools. The state Dept. of Ed will hold regional meetings from August to October to lay out ESSA requirements and...
April 7, 2016
The State Dept. of Education held the first in a series of ESSA topic meetings. Nearly 100 stakeholders from many school boards, district personnel and other associations attended and discussed revamped accountability systems, specifically, the process used to identify schools for improvement or recognition. A...
March 30, 2016
Last week, school administrators attended a meeting with two of Sen. Al Franken’s advisers to discuss ESSA. According to news coverage, many of the administrators were skeptical of the reform. The ESSA failed to address teacher shortages, financial needs and the lack of school facilities...