Accountability

Below are the most recent news, reports, and recommendations relating to the ESSA and accountability.

Improving Scores in Louisiana, But Most Students Still Face Challenges

According to New Orleans City Business, public school students in Louisiana are doing better on standardized tests, but most students are still not meeting proficiency standards, as outlined in the state’s accountability plan. “The results released today show our students and educators are making gains…

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“Rounding Out the School Year” in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Informer’s Dorothy Rowley reports that the District of Columbia’s Board of Education has accepted final reports for the 2017-2018 school year from both its Student Advisory Committee and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) task force. These reports will be discussed at the next…

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States Looking to Implement Innovative Assessment Models

In Education Dive, Linda Jacobson takes a look at a recent Bellwether Education Partners “State of Assessment” report, which “comes as the federal government is considering applications for a $17.6 million competitive grant program that would support efforts in four to eight states related to these…

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U.S. Department of Ed Approves Montana “Ineffective Teacher” Definition

Peter Christian reports for KGVO Radio that the U.S. Department of Education has given the official nod to the Montana State Office of Public Instruction’s definition of “ineffective teacher” under its ESSA plan. “We submitted an amendment to the Department of Education, as we said…

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Federal Officials Allow New Mexico’s Removal of School Grades

The U.S. Department of Education has approved New Mexico’s changes to its school accountability plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Federal approval was necessary for state education officials to move forward with the planned changes. “Following the PED’s initial request from early March, a…

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California Contemplates Fifth-Year Grad Rate

According to John Fensterwald at EdSource, California “may soon join most states in creating a 5-year high school graduation rate as a way of crediting districts and high schools that help students who return to school after senior year to earn a diploma.” This new…

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Schools Prioritize Safer, Healthier Schools Via ESSA Grants

According to recently released survey data regarding ESSA Title IV-A spending, which was sponsored by the School Superintendents Association, the National Association of Federal Program Administrators, the Association of Educational Service Agencies, the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), Whiteboard Advisors, and the Title…

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NNPA Hosts National Black Parents Town Hall on ESSA

According to this report from the LA Sentinel, on June 25, the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) hosted a Black Parents’ Town Hall Meeting on Educational Excellence. At the event, stakeholders “engaged in a lively discussion” about ESSA. The event was a part of NNPA’s…

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Massachusetts & “Uncomfortable Conversations” on School Spending

Daarel Burnette II reports for Education Week that several superintendents in Massachusetts “are spending more money on schools that enroll mostly wealthy students than they are on schools that educate mostly poor students, even though the state designed its funding formula to do the exact…

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Work-Based Learning & ESSA

Last month, in this guest ECS post, Advance CTE’s Senior Policy Associate Austin Estes examined the latest research on, as well as state examples of, work-based learning as it has been put into practice. “While work-based learning is often delivered at the local level in…

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Helping School Leaders Spend Wisely

In Education Next, Marguerite Roza, Director of the Edunomics Lab and a research professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, takes a look at education finance—and considers the question of why most people “jump to the revenue side of the equation”? The “spending…

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Indiana, Feds Resolve Struggling School Funding Dispute

“U.S. education officials have resolved a dispute among Indiana officials by clarifying that struggling schools within ‘transformation zones’ can be eligible to receive federal school improvement grant money beyond four years,” reports Ted Booker for the South Bend Tribune. “The dispute was resolved by the…

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DOE Finalizes Title I Rules

The U.S. Department of Education has finalized its “supplement not supplant” rules requiring districts to demonstrate they are using federal Title I money in addition to state and local funds, reports Linda Jacobson for Education Dive. “The guidance says districts must show the methods they use…

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Helping Military Students in the Classroom

In this Military Times piece, Military Families for High Standards examines how we can all help military-connected students achieve in the classroom. The article notes that there “are many resources for educators on best practices for how to create a welcoming learning environment for military…

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Legislators Introduce Teacher Shortage Bill

According to InsiderNJ, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representatives Donald Norcross (D-NJ) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) have reintroduced a bill that seeks to address the nation’s increasingly problematic teacher shortage. The Supporting the Teaching Profession Through Revitalizing Investments in Valuable Educators (STRIVE) Act “would overhaul the student loan…

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RAND Identifies ESSA-Approved Summer Programs

Emily Barack reporting for Education Dive writes that, “a new RAND Corp. publication identifies 43 summer programs that meet the top three tiers of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) evidence standards.” In the analysis of the “Investing in Successful Summer Programs” report, “the researchers…

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DeVos Smart for “Lenient Attitude” Toward ESSA Plans?

While states “frequently and successfully flexed their muscles” when negotiating the details of their Every Student Succeeds Act plans with the U.S. Department of Education, the question of “whether Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos was smart to let them take that approach or often just…

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Five Things for States to Focus on with School-Level Spending Data

For the first time—thanks to ESSA—the federal government is requiring states to report school-level spending data this year. Writing in The 74, Data Quality Campaign Director of Policy and Advocacy Brennan McMahon Parton has five areas she thinks states should focus on when preparing to…

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Local Pennsylvania Businesses Partner with Schools

According to Eric Morris at the Uniontown Herald Standard, local businesses are bringing in teachers from local schools to observe daily operations “with the hope it helps grow STEM curricula and the Teacher in the Workplace (TIW) program,” a “state-funded initiative that places educators at…

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State University of New York Campus to Waive Tuition for High School Courses

George Stockburger reports for MyTwinTiers.com that “SUNY Corning Community College will eliminate tuition charges for high school students who take SUNY CCC courses that are taught in their high schools, effective with the Fall 2019 semester.” This move comes as the state’s budget for the upcoming school…

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Local New York School Board Reviews ESSA Performance

“New standards under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) prompted the Frewsburg Central School Board of Education to review its performance,” writes Jordan Patterson for the Jamestown Post Journal. At a recent meeting, Assistant Superintendent Danielle Patti “presented to the board the results from the…

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“Blanket Approval” of ESSA Plans

“Even when state education agencies ignored or went against feedback from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in their plans to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), their plans were still approved,” writes Linda Jacobson regarding the same Duff and Wohlstetter report.  The new…

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ESSA and the Challenges Facing Homeless Students

“The U.S. high school graduation rate has risen to an all-time high, but schools are still struggling to help their most vulnerable students earn diplomas,” reports Corey Mitchell for Education Week. “The ‘Building a Grad Nation’ report, released Tuesday by Civic, Johns Hopkins University, America’s…

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New York City Teacher Program Serves as Model

Writing in Education Dive, Linda Jacobson takes a look at New York City’s teacher leadership program and how it serves as an “international model.” As part of this discussion, she notes that the Every Student Succeeds Act “presents an opportunity for districts to create or…

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South Bend, Indiana, Transformation Plan Hits ESSA Snag…

According to Ted Booker at the South Bend Tribune, the Indiana city’s “blueprint for turning around five struggling South Bend schools was crafted with the understanding that federal school improvement grant money would be available for five years to help make staffing and curriculum changes.” However, the “five-year…

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