ESSA Resources

Below are the most recently published resources around ESSA.

DeVos Describes Block Grant Proposal as “Very Compatible” with Every Student Succeeds Act

In an interview with Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos by Cal Thomas, DeVos claims President Trump’s latest budget proposal includes “a significant step toward returning flexibility to the states through a proposal to block grant all of the elementary and secondary education funds … and…

INview Gives New Insights for Families Seeking School Information

Launched last month by the Indiana Department of Education, Indiana’s new data portal, INview, “aims to make it easier for families to access school information.” According to spokesperson Adam Baker, the site includes data not previously available, including “school and corporation level data on student…

One-Pager Outlines How States Can Leverage ESSA and Perkins V to Advance STEAM Education

A one-page policy outline released by the Education Commission of the States and the Arts Education Partnership provides a broad overview of how states and districts can support STEAM education efforts under Title IV of the Every Student Succeeds Act and Section 124(b)(16) of the…

Making the Case for Increased Federal Funding for Schools

In an op-ed for the Daily Jeff, Amy Kissinger discusses the need to increase federal funding for public schools in Ohio and nationwide. As part of the National School Board Association, Kissinger recently met with elected officials in Washington “to advocate for the more than…

Senators Urge DOE to Expand Planned Analysis of Federal Education Spending

In a letter to U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, several members of the U.S. Senate urged the Department of Education to expand an analysis of federal K-12 education spending to “include dual and concurrent enrollment programs and early college high schools.” The group of lawmakers…

Indiana’s New Online Data Portal Takes User-Friendly Approach to Reporting School Data

The Indiana Department of Education’s new data portal, INview “provides both general information about the state’s approximately 1,900 K-12 schools, along with data visualizations on performance metrics like attendance and academic achievement.” The tool was intentionally designed to present school data in a user-friendly manner…

Ed-Flex Program Provides Four States with Greater Flexibility to Implement Education Reforms

As Linda Jacobson reports for Education Dive, four states—Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, and Vermont—have been approved for the Education Flexibility Program, or Ed-Flex. “The program is intended to give states with ‘strong accountability safeguards’ the freedom to implement initiatives or reforms that might conflict with…

A Look into New Hampshire’s Performance Assessment for Competency Education

In 2018, New Hampshire became only the second state “approved to participate in the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority (IADA) pilot program under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).” The program, known as Performance Assessment for Competency Education (PACE), is an “innovative assessment system that determines…

Arizona Educators Seek to Leverage ESSA in Order to Advance Educational Equity

As reported in AZ Ed News, at the Engaging Arizona in Advancing Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) event in Phoenix, education officials called on policymakers to focus on student equity when constructing the state’s K-12 education budget. As Teniqua Broughton, executive director of The State of…

Heartland Institute Outlines Proposal for Child Safety Accounts

A new report by the Heartland Institute underscores the myriad school safety risks facing students today, proposing for “states to create a Child Safety Account (CSA) program, which would allow parents to immediately have their child moved to a safe school…as soon as parents think…

New Jersey School District Expands ESSA-Funded Program to Target High School

In Paterson, New Jersey, education officials are “expanding a federally-funded program” that has shown success among younger students to its JFK High School in order to help overcome barriers to education by offering students “a host of support services, ranging from tutoring and other forms…

Funding Provided Under ESSA, Local Initiative Provides Greater Access to Education

Economically disadvantaged students in Klamath Falls City Schools in Oregon will now have access to new laptops in an effort to remove economic barriers to education that prevent low-income students from accessing the same opportunities. “Thanks to funds provided by Oregon Ballot Measure 98 and…

Inconsistent English-Learner Data Collection Poses Challenges for Educators, Policymakers

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) included several requirements to provide greater equity for English language learners. However, according to Education Week, “in at least 28 states, more than 1 in 5 districts have no information reported for the past three years of available [English-learner]…

In 2020, Look Out for Continued Innovations in Assessment Models Nationwide

According to Education Dive, “continued innovations and shifts in assessment” could be one of the top-five K-12 trends to watch out for in 2020. Following a year marked by “investment by states and districts in the additional decision-making freedom” enabled by ESSA, we can expect…

Under ESSA Directive, School Improvement Initiatives Help Transform Texas School

As Beth Hawkins reports, one elementary school in Fort Worth, Texas, has gone from being “one of five schools that struggled with years of rock-bottom performance” to one that has attracted national attention for a number of closely watched school improvement initiatives that are credited…

Early Education in Colorado Receives Significant Boost in Early Education Funding

More young children will have “access to quality early childhood services” thanks to a $34 million federal grant awarded to Colorado late last year. The new federal money represents 90% of the $38 million state officials had requested and “comes via the Preschool Development Grant…

Massachusetts Education Officials Prioritize Funding for After-School Programming

Educators in Massachusetts are increasing their commitment to supporting after-school care and services, according to a letter from Ardith Wieworka of the Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership published in the Boston Globe. Under the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), local school superintendents have “the ability to…

A Shift on School Accountability Could Be an Issue to Watch in 2020

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have been given “an opportunity to make some of their own choices about how to hold teachers and schools accountable for performance.” With many of the new plans just starting to take effect, the future of these varying…

Senator Lamar Alexander Marks Four-Year Anniversary of Every Student Succeeds Act Becoming Law

On the fourth anniversary of the Every Student Succeeds Act becoming law, U.S. Senate Education Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander released a statement, saying (in part): “Under ESSA, every state plan for spending federal dollars has now been approved by the U.S. Department of Education. More…

Parents in Missouri can Now See How Much Missouri Public Schools Spend On Students

As Tran Nguyen reports for the Missourian, data released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will allow parents to look up “per-student costs school building by school building” across all Missouri public schools. Previously, this information was only made available at the…

Under ESSA, Technology is Transforming Educational Experiences and Outcomes

An article in JD Supra highlights the myriad ways in which states are leveraging technology to transform the classroom experience. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, “states are implementing various programs that use education technology to boost traditional classroom learning.” This includes blended learning—something “ESSA…

ESSA Anniversary Event Highlights Challenges, Opportunities of Law

To mark the four-year anniversary of ESSA becoming law, the Collaborative for Student Success and Education Week convened a summit in Washington, D.C., on December 10, with the law’s congressional co-authors, policymakers, education experts, and other stakeholders to review the marquee federal education law’s implementation and identify…

On Four-Year Anniversary, Education Officials Tell Congress ESSA is Working

As reported in Education Week, in a letter to Congress, “a group of state and local education officials, teachers’ unions, and others” report the significant progress they are making under the Every Student Succeeds Act,” noting that the law “could lead to significant advances in…

For Better or Worse, ESSA Puts Education Policy in the Hands of the States

The Every Student Succeeds Act still has its proponents and critics, but one thing they agree on is that the law has been successful in “giving states a greater hand in overseeing schools.” For some, however, concerns remain over “how states are measuring the success…

One Law, Many Viewpoints: How ESSA is Viewed Four Years Into Its Implementation

When the Every Student Succeeds Act was passed into law on December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama called it a “Christmas Miracle.” While “public schools are still in the process of formally adjusting,” to the law and some critics continue to raise concerns over its…

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