Think Tanks Tag

Hunt Institute Unveils Interactive Worksheet for State Leaders

The Hunt Institute published its “Policymaker’s Guide to Understanding Your State’s ESSA Plan & Reviews,” which is “intended to help state-level policymakers and other stakeholders begin to dive into the details of their state ESSA plans and provide a place to note thoughts, concerns, and...

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Achieve Digs in On ESSA Plans

Achieve has released three briefs examining different aspects of state ESSA plans. The briefs take a deep dive on state graduation rate goals, state academic achievement goals, and how states include measures of 9th grade performance.

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States Using ESSA, Title II to Improve Teaching?

Stephenie Johnson, associate campaign director for K-12 Education Policy at the Center for American Progress, has reviewed all state ESSA plans “searching specifically for state-led and state-supported programs that will be funded, at least in part, through Title II, Part A of ESSA—the section of...

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What About Plans’ Promise for Improving Schools?

Center for American Progress Senior Policy Analyst for K-12 Education Samantha Batel writes that, while independent reviews have largely found state ESSA plans to be “unambitious or unfinished” (such as Check State Plans), one policy (which appears in half of ESSA plans) “could have teeth...

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NCLB + ESSA = State—But Not Local—Control

American Enterprise Institute’s Nat Malkus explains that the combined impact of NCLB and ESSA will be that, when it comes to education policy, the “reins” will be “firmly in state hands.” As a result, “many will have to adjust to these state differences” and undertake...

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New America Study Looks at Illinois English-Learner Data

Recently, New America released a report regarding Illinois’ ESSA plan and how it will impact and improve how the state tracks and uses data regarding its fast-growing population of English learners. Home to the fifth-largest population of K–12 English learners in the country, New America...

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Fordham Rates the Ratings, Round II

In July, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute reviewed the first 17 state ESSA plans submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. This week, they’re back at it, releasing a new report “with an expanded analysis that adds the other thirty-four plans,” which allows them to...

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Fordham Institute Hosts “The ESSA Achievement Challenge”

The Fordham Institute is hosting “The ESSA Achievement Challenge” to “identify states with strong plans and distinct approaches and hear state superintendents and education advocates make the case that their work will lead to greater student success.” Attendees will vote on who they think will...

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FutureED Releases New Report on Chronic Absenteeism under ESSA

FutureEd, an independent think tank at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, released a new report—“Who’s In: Chronic Absenteeism Under ESSA”—which provides a comprehensive review of the provisions in all 51 state ESSA plans, as well as the results of an analysis of federal chronic...

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CAP Ed Expert Discusses Role as Independent Peer Reviewer

Scott Sargrad, managing director of the K-12 Education Policy team at the Center for American Progress, writes about his participation in Bellwether and the Collaborative’s independent peer review, and offered guidance for New Hampshire’s education leaders as they finalize their ESSA accountability plans. Sargrad says the states “have...

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