April 30, 2015
March 19, 2018
Washington State parents “have a great new tool for tracking how their public schools are succeeding—or failing—to close achievement gaps, graduate students and make other improvements,” says the Seattle Times editorial board. This new online framework—a result of the state’s ESSA plan—“focuses on data, showing...
December 17, 2017
The Union Bulletin’s editorial board found two recent reviews of the state’s ESSA plan “encouraging.” The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, found, “Washington’s new system for how to evaluate schools is one of the best in the nation.” Additionally, Check State Plans found that, “Washington has...
December 12, 2017
Paige Cornwell reports that Washington State’s ESSA plan “has set ambitious goals for its students that other states should emulate, says a panel convened by Bellwether Education Partners in partnership with the Collaborative for Student Success.”
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 18, 2017
Washington state officials announced their ESSA plan on September 18, the federal deadline for submission. “Graduation rates will be 50-percent of the formula,” said state schools chief Chris Reykdal. “We include things now like absenteeism of students, and how they’re performing in the 9th grade,...
August 26, 2017
When ESSA takes effect this year, Washington State “parents won’t receive letters that their child’s school ‘needs improvement’ because the school didn’t meet federal test-score targets, like some did before” because, under ESSA, there “are no federal test-score targets.”
August 21, 2017
Washington is accepting public comment on the state’s ESSA plan through Sept. 5.
April 12, 2017
The Washington State Dept. of Education announced it will submit an ESSA implementation plan in September. According to Superintendent Chris Reykdal, “Submitting our plan in September allows for continued engagement on some of the remaining issues and provides us the opportunity to align our final...
January 27, 2017
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced the public comment period deadline for the state’s ESSA plan. To date, over 120 comments have been submitted. The deadline for comment submission is February 15, 2017.
January 15, 2017
According to the Union Bulletin, the Washington State Office of Public Instruction is examining ways to track absenteeism under the state’s new ESSA plan. One in five students in Washington miss 10 percent of the 180-day school year. State Education Superintendent Chris Reykdal stated that...
December 15, 2016
Washington superintendents are “glad that the state office of public instruction had delayed the ESSA plan until the spring,” according to The Daily News. The state will continue to collect public comments on the draft plan until January.
November 29, 2016
State education officials in Washington announced that they will postpone ESSA plan submission. As reported by the Yakima Herald, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction announced it would offer the “public at least two more months” to “weigh in on a 241 page...
November 16, 2016
The Washington Dept. of Education released a draft of Washington’s ESSA state plan. The public comment period will be open through December 15.
July 11, 2016
State education leaders visited Yakima, WA this week to discuss ESSA with community members. This is the fourth meeting in a set of regional forums in the state. Superintendent Kevin Chase noted that he sees ESSA benefiting English Language Learners by putting less pressure on...
June 14, 2016
Gil Mendoza, deputy superintendent of K-12 education, and Gayle Pauley, assistant superintendent of special programs and federal accountability, hosted the first of seven forums on how the state will implement ESSA. Each forum will cover opportunities and challenges that lie ahead, how ESSA is similar...
June 3, 2016
The Office of the Superintendent of Public instruction announced the date for several forums across the state to provide an overview of ESSA implementation in Washington. The first forum will be held starting next Tuesday and go until early August. Read more here.
May 27, 2016
Kati Haycock, president of The Education Trust, spoke at a workshop to help Washington education leaders and advocates better understand ESSA. Read more here.
May 22, 2016
The Puget Sound Educational Service District announced a series of seven public meetings in June and July to discuss 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.