Teachers and Schools

Below are the most recent news, reports and recommendations around ESSA relating to teachers and schools.

ExcelinEd Releases State Landscape

ExcelinEd has looked at ESSA plans for all 50 states and the District of Columbia and released its landscape analysis. Dr. Christy Hovanetz, who authored the analysis, said, “It’s encouraging that in the majority of states, schools will earn summative ratings that are easily understandable…

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State Drops Minority Graduation Rate Accountability Provision

West Virginia has “cut a proposed accountability provision regarding minority students’ graduation rates” from its ESSA plan.” The State Department of Education removed the words “and any subgroup of students” from the end of the following statement: “we propose to identify for comprehensive support and…

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NCTQ Looks (Again) at Educator Equity

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has released its analyses of educator equity in 34 recently submitted state plans under ESSA, completing the organization’s analysis of all state ESSA plans. These new analyses highlight strengths and opportunities, demonstrating how most are not doing enough…

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Iowa Wants to Hear What Students Think

In its ESSA plan, Iowa “suggests issuing school climate surveys for students in grades 3-12.” These surveys “would fulfill a requirement for a school quality or student success indicator in the state’s accountability system, allowing students to rank their feelings on prompts like ‘My school…

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Changes Ahead for Illinois

Under ESSA, Illinois, “school quality will be measured through standardized tests, alternative assessments, academic growth, English language proficiency, science scores, success on college entrance tests, and graduation rates, as well as factors such as chronic absenteeism and school climate surveys.”

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Quality Professional Learning for Teachers

According to Matt McCullough, director of innovation in teaching and learning at Schoolcraft Community Schools, “my favorite tasks are providing innovative classroom strategies to my teachers and collaborating with them to lead to greater student success.” After reading Educators for High Standards’ recent report, McCullough is…

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Thanks to ESSA, Parents Now have Clearer, Better-Defined School Ratings Information

North Dallas Gazette editor Ruth Ferguson reports that, as school districts begin to integrate ESSA, one “potential positive” is that parents may be able to access clearer, better-defined school ratings information. This is because, under ESSA, states “are required to provide an annual overview” in…

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ID Public Schools to Use Student Engagement Survey

Next year, as part of the state’s plan to comply with ESSA, Idaho public school students will be able to grade their schools and teachers via a student engagement survey. Students “in grades 3 through 12 will be asked questions in three different categories: school…

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Educators Weigh in on Professional Learning

Educators for High Standards identifies the key components of high-quality, effective professional learning that are laid out in ESSA, and shares how schools and districts can provide educators with the opportunities they need, want, and deserve. In partnership with Learning Forward and Teach Plus,  Educators…

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State Report Card “Makeovers”

Education Week takes a look at how ESSA is helping to give state report cards a “head-to-toe makeover,” in both their look and the data displayed. Under ESSA, states must present this information in an “easily accessible and user-friendly” manner, and with “plenty more data points…

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States are Taking a Harder Look at Learning in Early Grades

Education Dive writes that as policymakers and educators review state ESSA plans, “a recent analysis from New America focuses on how states are incorporating indicators related to young children’s learning into their plans.” For example, some states plan to leverage data via the Classroom Assessment Scoring…

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LA Ed Officials Expect Increase in Number of Schools Receiving an F on School Report Cards

Education officials in Louisiana expect the number of schools receiving an F on state school report cards to increase by 57 percent in 2018, and schools with an A designation will decrease 38 percent due to a new rating system. This reworking of the state’s…

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CO State Board of Ed Votes to Create Quality Systems for State’s Schools

In “an effort to keep federal dollars flowing to Colorado classrooms,” the State Board of Education voted recently “to create two quality systems for the state’s schools—the existing one designed in 2009 by state lawmakers, and a new one that meets federal requirements.” After Colorado became…

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LA Redefines Quality in State ESSA Plan

According to American Press, “Louisiana Superintendent John White told a U.S. Senate committee” recently “that the state’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act is based on the idea of ‘academic mastery.’” Under ESSA, “each state must submit a plan to the Department of…

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New Stand for Children Illinois Video Explains New School Grading Method

Stand for Children Illinois released a video that explains how ESSA “improves Illinois’ method for grading schools.”

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TX Submits ESSA Plan

The Texas Education Agency submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education. Belton Independent School District Superintendent Susan Kincannon expressed her concern about some aspects of the plan. “The (ESSA) plan includes an overly complicated methodology for evaluating and rating schools and continues…

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PA’s ESSA Plan Creates Political Divide

Pennsylvania’s ESSA plan has “created a political divide over a historically tough subject: what to do about chronically low performing schools.” While under No Child Left Behind, “there were strict mandates for how states should deal with consistently low-performing schools,” under ESSA, “states must still…

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The 74 Highlights FL’s ESSA Plan Process

The 74 highlights that Florida “may be trying to skirt the law when it comes to its public education plan,” which could “mean a delay or denial in federal education funding, an unscheduled overhaul of Florida’s school grades system, or a wink and a nod…

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IA Attempts to Decrease State’s Proficiency Gap

Under Iowa’s state ESSA plan, minority and low-income students “will have different—sometimes lower—goals than their white, affluent peers under.” These “higher growth targets are an effort to decease the state’s proficiency gap and gradually bringing low-income and minority students up to the same level as their peers.”

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IN Governor Gives Stamp of Approval to State’s ESSA Plan

Governor Eric Holcomb “has given his stamp of approval” to Indiana’s ESSA plan. The state’s top education officials seem to have, at least thus far, “reached some level of consensus on how to move forward.”

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WI Submits its ESSA Plan to U.S. Dept. of Ed

Wisconsin submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education “over objections from Gov. Scott Walker and conservative groups that it didn’t do enough to embrace innovative ideas, such as expanding taxpayer-funded private school choice programs.”

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The 74 Discusses Summative Ratings for School Performance

On The 74, Carolyn Phenicie discusses how, as the recently passed deadline for submission of state ESSA plans approached, many states were moving away from summative ratings for school performance. About half of the then-pending state plans used “some sort of clear, summative rating for…

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ID Submits ESSA Plan to U.S. Dept. of Ed

Idaho submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. Dept. of Education “after Gov. Butch Otter gave the plan his approval.” However, “in a letter to the State Board of Education, Otter asked for more details about how Idaho will deal with its lowest performing and…

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CA Adopts State’s ESSA Plan

The California State Board of Education adopted the state’s ESSA compliance plan “with, as expected, few changes to the draft published last month.” After a year-and-a-half of work, “most board members said they were satisfied that the document meshes with and advances the state’s larger…

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MI State Rep. Pushes for A-F Letter Grade System in State

State Rep. Tim Kelly has announced that he will “push for an A-F letter grade system in the Michigan Legislature.” According to Kelly, the state needs “to get serious about accountability, and I think that includes an A-F.”

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