Feedback on States’ Plans Tag

DeVos Approves Alaska and Iowa Plans

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced on May 16 that Alaska and Iowa gained approval for their state ESSA plans. “I am pleased to approve these plans which comply with the requirements of the law,” said Secretary DeVos. “I encourage states to use their...

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DeVos Approves Three More State Plans

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has approved three more ESSA plans—Alabama, Colorado, and Kentucky. To date, the Department has approved 42 plans (plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico), while still leaving some “big population centers, including Florida and California” waiting for approval.

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Check State Plans on Ohio’s ESSA Plan

Ashton Marra reports that, even as Ohio education officials await feedback from the federal Department of Education on the state’s ESSA accountability plan, the CheckStatePlans.org review gives the plan “high marks.”

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Check State Plans Reveals States’ Failure to Seize ESSA Opportunity

Washington Post Columnist Jay Mathews writes that, in December, the “Collaborative for Student Success, in partnership with Bellwether Education Partners, reported on state efforts to install creative programs to boost achievement, as encouraged by” ESSA. However, these “efforts are failing miserably, according to 45 experts...

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Ed Trust: Equity Advocates Still Have Work to Do

In a new brief by The Education Trust, plans to improve outcomes for low-income students and students of color are “not encouraging.” The report recommends that “civil rights advocates keep a watchful eye on ESSA performance data to show if the new state accountability systems...

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Seven More States Need Specifics

The Dept. of Education sent letters to Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming enumerating federal feedback on their ESSA plans.

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State ESSA Plan Receives Good Reviews from Two Outlets

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...

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What Common Mistakes Are Peer Reviewers Seeing in State Plans?

The latest edition of the Collaborative for Student Success’ blog series highlighting CheckStatePlans.org peer reviewers’ thoughts on what they’ve seen, what they’ve been looking for, and what they wanted to see in second-round ESSA plans asks three experts—Doug Mesecar of The Lexington Institute, Ryan Reyna...

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