NA&S Activity

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124 Evidence-Based Afterschool Programs Eligible for ESSA Funds

A new report from the Wallace Foundation looks at afterschool programs in the U.S. that are eligible for funding under ESSA. “The law also encourages—and in some cases requires—that applicants for its various funding streams establish that their programs are backed by strong evidence of…

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New Take on Education Equity

Ashley Jochim, senior research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, notes the growing skills shift students need from traditional academics to non-achievement-based educational outcomes. She explains that ESSA, “implicitly recognizes this shift with its requirement that assessment of a non-academic measure of student…

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Helping Military-Connected Students and Families

Kiera Gallagher, a teacher at Albritton Middle School at Fort Bragg and an Army spouse, says that military students and families now have “powerful resources to help them navigate the shoals of transitioning their children to new schools,” including a guide by the Collaborative and…

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The Arts and ESSA Accountability

Linda Jacobson reports for Education Dive that while ESSA “defines student success as more than just achievement in core academic subjects”—and also “lists the arts and music as examples of a “well-rounded education”—few states are formally incorporating the arts into their accountability plans. However, three…

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ESSA, Curriculum, and the “50 States of Education”

Jessica Campisi, writing for Education Dive, takes a look at the big education policy happenings in state legislatures across the nation as part of the “50 States of Education Policy” series. She reports that many state lawmakers are “looking to shift curriculum” as “educators continue to…

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Supplement-Not-Supplant – “Sorry Not Sorry”

Marguerite Roza writes in this Brookings piece that “new draft guidance the U.S. Department of Education released last month on monitoring the ‘supplement-not-supplant’ provision [of Title I] might be perceived as the current administration issuing a big sorry not sorry to equity advocates.” According to…

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Only 16 States Tracking Foster Care Students Under ESSA

To help address the challenges faced by students in foster care, ESSA requires states to publicly report how such students are faring on state tests and the rates at which they are graduating high school, Kate Stringer reports for The 74. “But right now, only…

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Tracking Progress of Homeless Students

Alyson Klein reports for Education Week that according to a recent analysis by Education Leads Home, homeless students “are less likely to graduate from high school than other low-income children, and the general population.” ELH “analyzed graduation rate data for the 2016-17 school year in…

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ESSA Implementation, Illinois, and Student Outcome Requirements

Elliot Regenstein, Ben Boer, and Paul Zavitkovsky take a look at the implementation of ESSA’s student outcome requirements in Illinois. The state’s Board of Education “has set a goal of having 90 percent of students achieve proficiency on state standardized tests.” And Although ESSA “was…

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Caution Needed On School Quality Measures

Constance Lindsay writes for Education Week that measuring school quality is complicated, and reflects a community’s values and politics. When “hard metrics” are absent, “parents and other stakeholders are left to make assumptions often informed by all kinds of biases.” The “tools often used to…

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Supporting Highly Qualified Teachers Under ESSA

Amid recent teacher strikes, Akil Wilson, a Washington, DC-based podcaster and parent, examines how states can better support educators, through ESSA. In his piece for Black Press USA, Wilson explains that Title II funds are intended “to support class size reduction, encourage performance-based pay for…

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Is ESSA Another “Elusive Dream” for Equity?

Writing for Black Press USA, Dr. Elizabeth V. Primas, Program Manager for NNPA ESSA Awareness Campaign, says that, as “education leaders review the individual state plans that have been developed and approved in keeping with the Every Student Succeeds Act, it is obvious that many…

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Helping Military Children Succeed

Military Families for High Standards’ Christi Ham writes in RealClearEducation about how ESSA’s Military Student Identifier can help military families manage the many challenges they face—and help military-connected students succeed. She notes three categories of best practices that school districts serving military students and families…

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“Hodge Podge” of State Approaches to Measuring Post-High School Readiness

States are taking a varied approach to measuring post-high school readiness. According to Education Week’s Alyson Klein, “nearly every state is gauging school performance in part by whether students show that they are ready for life after high school.”  She notes thatthe big reason for…

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ESSA’s “Clues” for Military-Connected Students

In a companion piece in Education Week to Burnette’s article (scroll down to find), Doug Mesecar and Don Soifer delve deeper into the data reporting requirement under ESSA. The Military Student Identifier (MSI), they write, “should provide families, teachers, administrators, and researchers with a clearer understanding…

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The “Black Achievement Paradox Nobody’s Talking About”

As part of Education Week’s 10 Big Ideas in Education series, Daarel Burnette II asks: “Why do black students whose parents serve in the military significantly outperform their peers from black civilian families?” This question has “stumped researchers” for years—especially considering how the vast majority of military families move stations…

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“No Time to Waste” on ESSA Personnel Reporting

According to eSchool News, Kronos is sponsoring a webinar on February 6, which will provide information about three primary issues relating to ESSA’s personnel reporting requirements: 1. how “labor impacts ESSA reporting,” 2. the “internal controls to help track time and effort,” and 3. how…

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Louisiana’s John White Talks Challenges and Opportunities Under ESSA

In this FutureEd interview, Louisiana Chief John White discusses the state’s participation in the U.S. Dept. of Education’s innovative assessment pilot. “Our hope is that the new assessments will create an incentive for teachers to focus on the meaning of texts, to focus on building…

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Time To Act On Data, Improving Student Outcomes

Last week, DQC released its annual landscape analysis, Time to Act 2018, which examined state efforts to leverage data to improve student outcomes, and also takes a look at future opportunities to do so under ESSA. DQC’s analysis found that state leaders responded to the opportunities under…

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Four-Year Grad Rates “Leave Off Where the Real Work Begins”

Learning Policy Institute’s Julie Kessler examines the issue of four-year graduation rates, and how this “seemingly innocuous data point” can have some “harsh consequences.” For example, accountability systems based on four-year graduation rates can “discourage schools from continuing to offer services, support, and courses to…

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New Mexico “Leading the Way” Under ESSA

All4Ed’s Lindsey Dworkin writes about how New Mexico is taking full advantage of the flexibility afforded by ESSA and is “leading the way” for other states. New Mexico was one of the first states “to identify schools for comprehensive support,” and is leveraging “every possible…

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District-Level Efforts to Fight Chronic Absenteeism

Deborah Yaffe writes in District Administration that it used to be “easy for districts to ignore what high average daily-attendance numbers can conceal: kids, sometimes lots of them, who miss weeks of school every year.” But ESSA changed this equation by requiring states to track…

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CAP on Improving All Schools

The Center for American Progress’ Samantha Batel recently released an analysis of how Denver Public Schools’ (DPS) approach to school support in the context of ESSA, “largely shifts the school support role” from states to districts. “Importantly, states will continue to play a role in…

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Promise to Practice

In The 74, Carolyn Phenicie provides an overview of Promise to Practice—the latest iteration of the Collaborative for Student Success’ Check State Plans initiative, done in partnership with HCM Strategists. ”Now that all state plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act have been approved,…

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New Social-Emotional Learning Guide

Education Dive’s Lucy Hood reports on the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL) and highlights a new guide from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). The guide, “provides educators with assessment tools for gauging social emotional learning (SEL) as well as guidelines for…

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The “Nudging” Approach to Fighting Chronic Absenteeism

“As many as 8 million U.S. public school students struggle academically simply because they miss too much school,” Phyllis W. Jordan writes in Education Next. “Recognizing this, 36 states and the District of Columbia have begun holding schools accountable for chronic student absenteeism” under ESSA….

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Military-Family Struggles at Beginning of School Year—and how MSI Could Help

Kiera Gallagher, M.Ed, a teacher at Albritton Middle School at Fort Bragg and an Army spouse, reflects on the struggles military families like her own face and how such families “cross their fingers” during the back to school period of the year. She writes that each time…

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Focusing on Growth in School Ratings

NWEA’s Chris Minnich writes in Education Next about the importance of factoring in student growth—and not just proficiency—when determining school ratings. While “proficiency matters, of course,” rating systems that include both achievement and growth are fairer because they “differentiate between a school with low achievement…

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Candidates Pointing to New State Report Cards

State education departments are “rolling out their newest rankings of schools under the federally mandated ESSA plans and, with all the new indicators, there are inevitably lots of changes to districts’ academic performance,” just in time for the midterm elections, Daarel Burnette II writes in Education Week. Already…

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ESSA & Tracking College-and-Career Readiness

Alyson Klein answers more questions as part of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series. This week, Harvard University graduate student Alex Sabin asks: “An ESSA accountability system can include a school success ‘measure’ outside of test scores such as college-and-career readiness. However, what exactly…

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Eight Policy Changes to Help Principals

Amelia Harper reports about new research from the NYC Leadership Academy, which examines the issue of coaching principals. In a related policy brief entitled “Still in the Game: How Coaching Keeps Leaders in Schools and Making Progress,” the Academy “suggests eight policy changes that school…

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Midterm Races ESSA-Watchers Should Keep Their Eyes On

“U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos may have approved every state’s vision for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act—but that doesn’t mean the plans are all done and dusted,” Klein also writes in Education Week. “States can still make changes to their plans,” and after…

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“Data Overload” in the Age of ESSA

Hisham Anwar of EdSurge explores the question of how to prepare for “education’s data overload.” While the accountability paradigm under NCLB focused on assessment rather than instructional practice and outcomes, under ESSA, school quality and success indicators are highlighted. Anwar notes that, “a growing number…

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ESSA, States, and School Climate

In the latest edition of Education Week’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, Alyson Klein responds to the following query from an anonymous reader: “How many states are including ‘school climate’ in their ESSA accountability systems?” Short answer: “Not as many as you might think.” Click…

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Ensuring School Performance Data Works for Families

In Education Next, Data Quality Campaign’s Paige Kowalski and Brennan McMahon Parton discuss the importance of making sure families can easily access, understand, and effectively use school performance data. This is particularly important since now, under ESSA, “nearly every state has made strong commitments to…

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Survey: Did States Engage with Their Stakeholders?

The Collaborative for Student Success recently released results from a survey of education stakeholders which sought to find out whether states have meaningfully engaged with them as part of the development of their ESSA plans. The memo also examined whether stakeholders took advantage of this…

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MSI Report Will Help Guide School, Districts with Large Military Student Populations

Jessica R. Towhey writes in Inside Sources about the Lexington Institute’s new report, which “promotes best practices from schools and districts with large military populations to help other administrators as they develop student information systems in compliance with” ESSA, which “creates a new student subgroup…

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Q&A: What Science Testing Looks Like Under ESSA

In this Education Week blog, which is part of the publication’s “Answering Your ESSA Questions” series, Alyson Klein responds to the following query: “How many states have included science testing in their plans, and what states will count science in their accountability system?” The answer:…

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FutureEd Criticizes Feds for dropping support for School Improvement Grants

FutureEd is calling out the federal government “for dropping support for the School Improvement Grant program,” Dian Schaffhauser writes in T.H.E. Journal. FutureEd’s main concern is that “school improvement funding going out to states and localities under the Every Student Succeeds Act will ignore lessons already…

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State Plans a Missed Opportunity for Special Ed

Recently, the National Center for Learning Disabilities took a look at each state’s ESSA plan and developed an analysis—”Assessing ESSA: Missed Opportunities for Students with Disabilities“—of “how state plans are including and serving students with disabilities under the Every Student Succeeds Act.” Generally, the organization…

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Legislators Commit to Data to Support ESSA Goals

With most ESSA plans in place, policymakers used the 2018 legislative session to define the role of data in meeting states’ education goals. The Data Quality Campaign’s latest report explores the commitments states have made around data use, including using this information to answer complex questions on…

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