Innovation Tag

ESSA and the Future of Education Changemaking

Rick Hess opines in Education Week that those “who want to improve the American public education system are facing a unique moment with an abundance of levers to drive change,” including ESSA, which “provides states and localities with increased flexibility in setting goals and designing interventions, which were once...

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Louisiana Officials Select Districts for Innovative Assessment Pilot

According to the Ouachita Citizen, the Louisiana Department of Education recently “announced the state’s proposal to pilot an innovative English assessment,” which is the first to be approved by the U.S. Department of Education under.” The five school districts that will serve as initial partners...

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Taking the Right Approach to Funding Ed Innovation

In a new issue brief, iNACOL “highlights case studies and action steps for policymakers to deepen their understanding of state funding strategies to support innovation in K-12 education.” The brief notes that ESSA gives states the opportunity to use federal funding to build capacity for...

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What Works…or What Can Be Evaluated?

The Brookings Institution’s Nora Gordon writes that policy researchers often lament how infrequently their work is put into practice. But while “the statutory push in ESSA for schools to use evidence may seem an elegant solution to this dilemma, it also poses a real risk...

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ESSA Provides More Flexibility than NCLB

Education Drive’s analysis of ESSA’s proposed guidelines and regulations for state testing show that, while there are still questions, there is more opportunity for test flexibility than under No Child Left Behind. ESSA “creates space for innovation” in testing, something discouraged under NCLB’s “Adequate Yearly...

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Local Superintendent Discusses ESSA Implementation

Michael McCormick, superintendent of the Val Verde Public School District, spoke at The Atlantic’s annual Education Summit, noting he believes there is a tension in our education system between compliance and innovation as a result of ESSA. He also commented that he believes his state...

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