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:...
August 30, 2017
The Dept. of Education approved four state ESSA plans – the District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee. “As more and more state plans come under the department’s review, I am heartened to see how states have embraced the spirit of flexibility under ESSA to...
July 26, 2017
Doug Mesecar, an adjunct scholar at the Lexington Institute, authored an opinion piece on ways Tennessee is utilizing personalized learning in the state’s ESSA plan. He highlights Tennessee’s use of blended learning for Algebra I, predictive analytics, teacher micro-credentialing, and competency-based education.
February 2, 2017
In conjunction with State Representative David Hawk (R-Greenville), the Tennessee Dept. of Education filed legislation to “make the necessary changes to state law” in order to comply with the state’s ESSA plan. According to Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, “this legislation is designed to take advantage...
January 19, 2017
The Tennessee Education and Equity Coalition sent a letter to Education Commissioner Candice McQueen citing “assets and shortcomings” of the state’s proposed ESSA plan. The organization “applauded the state’s attention to historically underserved groups like racial minorities,” but raised concerns that some students may “fall...
January 11, 2017
During a town hall event with education leaders, Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Candice McQueen outlined four new goals the dept. is trying to achieve before the state’s ESSA plan takes effect. The goals for the plan include: 1, Tennessee ranking in the top half of the...
December 20, 2016
Tennessee officials released an initial ESSA implementation proposal on Tuesday, Chalkbeat reports. The state will collect public input on the 286-page plan through Jan. 31. “The feedback you share with us during this window is critical,” wrote Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen
December 15, 2016
250 stakeholders attended an ESSA town hall event with Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. According to The Tennessean, the event “focused mostly on proposed changes under the state’s ESSA draft to district accountability” and the “reporting of English language learner outcomes.” McQueen stated she would relay the...
July 20, 2016
During a meeting with their 21-member testing task force of educators, politicians, and researchers, the Tennessee Dept. of Education discussed which metrics to incorporate into the state’s new accountability system. ChalkBeat Tennessee details which factors could be part of Tennessee’s accountability plan, and what the...
June 29, 2016
In a press release, the Dept. of Education announced it has established six working groups focusing on standards and assessment, accountability, support for English learners, educator support and effectiveness, school improvement, and student support.
June 22, 2016
On her blog, Assemblywoman Susan Lynn encouraged constituents to provide feedback to the Tennessee Department of Education on ESSA regulations. She points interested parties to a website from the State Dept. of Education comparing ESSA to current Tennessee policy, and directs them to provide comments...
May 24, 2016
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and senior department leaders are launching a statewide listening tour to gather input from educators, key advocates, parents, students, and the public to determine how to implement specific components of ESSA. 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.
April 25, 2016
Senator Lamar Alexander discussed ESSA and next steps for states in a forum for educators and policymakers in Nashville. He encouraged Tennessee to develop their own plan and fit it into the federal template, rather than wait for the Dept. of Education to come up...