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Promises of Greater Flexibility

According to the Washington Times, Arizona may put the “promises of greater flexibility” under ESSA to the test due to a 2016 state law “that allows traditional and charter school leaders to choose the standardized test they think best fits each school’s teaching methods.”

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GA Prioritizes Narrowing the Achievement Gap

NNPA’s Dr. Elizabeth Primas 30 writes that “Georgia is making every effort to ensure that students have a better chance of performing at proficient or advanced levels on all state exams” under ESSA, which “prioritizes narrowing the achievement gap.”

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Are States Trying to Create Assessments in Students’ First Language?

Education Week’s Corey Mitchell writes that under ESSA, states must “make every effort” to create assessments “in students’ first languages if they constitute a significant portion of the student population.” But a number of states are “gambling that their English-only laws” will allow them to...

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Education Experts Discuss Senate Committee Hearing around ESSA

Hosts of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Federal Flash, Monica Almond and Nikki McKinney, discuss the recent Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing that examined “the quality of state plans developed under” ESSA. They also discuss how “a key ESSA architect”—former Chairman...

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States Have Opportunity to Rethink how to Handle Testing Opt-outs

“Parents who opted their children out of state exams in recent years became the focal point of major education debates in the country about the proper roles of testing, the federal government, and achievement gaps,” writes Education Week’s Andrew Ujifusa. But under ESSA, “states have a...

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GA Governor says State ESSA Plan Falls Short in Setting High Expectations

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that, while Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods is pushing to take advantage of testing flexibility under ESSA, Governor Nathan Deal “opposes a retreat from test scores as a critical determinant of school performance.” Governor Deal has refused to put his signature on Georgia’s ESSA...

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New Changes in KS’ ESSA Plan

Under Kansas’ ESSA plan, “75 percent of all K-12 students will be expected to score in the Level 3 and 4 ranges on state English and mathematics annual state assessment tests by 2030, meaning they will be expected to achieve scores that show they’re on...

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CA Receives Waiver from U.S. Dept. of Ed

EdSource reports that California received a waiver from the U.S. Dept. of Education from “administering outdated science tests, instead allowing it to give students pilot tests based on new science standards.” However, “the department granted the waiver only for the just completed school year,” and “made...

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