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MN, NY, VA and WV Also Receive Fed. Feedback

December 20, 2017

Politico’s Morning Education reports that Minnesota, New York, Virginia and West Virginia also received federal feedback this week.

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VA’s New ESSA Plan Gives Credits to Students Who Show Growth

September 18, 2017

Student academic growth “will carry greater weight in evaluating Virginia schools” under the Commonwealth’s new ESSA plan, which has been submitted for federal approval. Virginia Department of Education officials “say a big change is that Virginia’s plan uses a metric that includes not just test...

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VA Dept. of Ed Proposes New Accountability System

August 8, 2017

The Virginia Dept. of Education is proposing a new accountability system. Under the new plan, “schools will be identified as requiring either ‘comprehensive support and improvement’ — when school-wide test scores fall short of benchmarks — or ‘targeted support and improvement’ — when a subgroup...

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Groups Express their Concern about VA’s ESSA Plan

July 26, 2017

The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia and the Legal Aid Justice Center wrote a letter to the state Dept. of Education expressing concern about its ESSA plan. The groups argue, “There have been few meaningful opportunities for public input since the draft’s release.” The...

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VA Dept. of Ed Releases Website that Puts Report Card Data into Context Useful for Parents

March 10, 2017

In response to the state report card provision under ESSA, the Virginia Dept. of Education released a website that “captures report card data” and “puts it into context that is meaningful and useful for parents, students and the general public.” Virginia State Superintendent Steven R. Staples stated that the “School...

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VA Dept. of Ed Announces Plans to Submit Final ESSA Plan in September

January 30, 2017

The Virginia Dept. of Education announced the state will submit its final ESSA plan in September. State Superintendent Steven Staples stated the pushback came from “uncertainty over how President Donald Trump might affect the law.” Staples does not want to submit the plan until “some...

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VA Likely to Postpone ESSA Plan Implementation

December 12, 2016

As reported by the Roanoke Times, Virginia will “likely take advantage” of the new regulations that allow states to postpone ESSA plan implementation. According to State Superintendent Steven Staples, “We may not have to rush to get that plan in now.”

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VA Launches Statewide ESSA Implementation Team and Digital Toolkit

July 19, 2016

Virginia Education Association has created a statewide ESSA implementation team and produced an online ESSA Digital Toolkit with resources to help constituents understand the law, creating your own ESSA team, recruiting members and presenting to local school boards.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

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.

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VA Releases Memo on Changes to Teacher Qualifications under ESSA

April 1, 2016

Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction with the state Department of Education released a memo to VA division superintendents outlining some key differences that are know at this time between teacher qualifications under NCLB and ESSA. Read more here.

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