Massachusetts | Understanding ESSA


Funding Fight Could Make Massachusetts “Run Afoul” of ESSA

The Boston Globe’s editorial board writes that, “One would think any state that has enjoyed the public policy success Massachusetts has with education reform would stick to its time-tested formula.” But this year, the state Senate’s budget “underfunds the MCAS, the exam that tests Bay State students’ subject...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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Education Advocacy Groups Team Up to Discuss the Impact of ESSA

Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth – in partnership with the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and Springfield Business Leaders for Education – is hosting a forum on February 2 to discuss the impact of ESSA. The event is “aimed at increasing community dialogue” regarding...

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MA Board of Ed Schedules Meeting to Discuss ESSA

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has scheduled a “special meeting” on Monday to discuss the timeline for the state’s ESSA accountability plan. The board will review academic standards designed to help prepare students for “college and careers.”

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MA Stakeholders Seek to Improve Under-performing Schools

Stakeholders in the Massachusetts education community shared a series of ideas Thursday that they hope the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will incorporate into a the state plan to measure the success of schools under ESSA. Several organizations, including MASSCreative, the Boston Student Advisory...

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MA Stakeholders Aid in Development of New ESSA Plan

As part of a statewide listening tour, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education held a forum last week on the future of Massachusetts’ accountability system. Stakeholders in the Massachusetts education community shared a series of ideas that they hope will be incorporated into a...

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