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April 30, 2015

TX: Dallas Schools Reconsider Suspension and Discipline Policies to Address Racial Disparities

April 27, 2021

If successful, a plan by Dallas public schools to rewrite its student discipline and suspension policies could be among the most progressive pushes for addressing racial disparities in schools. The plan would eliminate suspensions for “low-level infractions” and would see students paired with in-person and...

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Texas to Change Grade Level Requirements with STAAR Tests

July 27, 2020

Adding to the ongoing conversations around the use of assessments in the upcoming school year, Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that the state’s standardized assessment, the STARR exam, will be administered. However, results from the tests will not be used to make decisions about a...

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Texas School District Receives National Recognition for Music Education

May 16, 2020

Eanes Independent School District in the greater Austin area has received the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for the sixth year in a row. “The recognition is awarded to districts demonstrating outstanding achievement in efforts to...

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Accountability, Testing Requirements Waived for all Texas Schools

April 2, 2020

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) received federal approval last week “to waive statewide assessment and accountability requirements” under the Every Student Succeeds Act for the 2019-2020 school year. In light of the mandatory school closures due to COVID-19, “all districts and campuses will receive a...

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Under ESSA Directive, School Improvement Initiatives Help Transform Texas School

January 6, 2020

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...

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State ESSA Plan vs. State Law in Lone Star State?

April 5, 2018

According to Houston Public Media, some experts say portions of Texas’ ESSA accountability plan—which was recently approved by the U.S. Department of Education—are “promising,” but there are also concerns. Anne Hyslop notes that Texas “is one of only a few states using a competition to...

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Lone Star State Gets “Green Light” on ESSA Plan

March 26, 2018

Alyson Klein reports that Secretary DeVos has given “a stamp of approval” to Texas’ ESSA plan. Klein also writes that an “independent review of ESSA plans by Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success noted that Texas’ long-term goals expected graduation rates for white...

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Lone Star State submits final ESSA plan to feds

March 9, 2018

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) submitted its final ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education on March 6. The initial draft was submitted in September of 2017 and, since that time, “TEA and Department of Education staff have been in ongoing conversations to answer questions on...

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Texans Continue to Respond to Check State Plans

December 14, 2017

In a blog post, Texas Aspires’ Molly Weiner argues that, “We must make bold, ambitious choices in the coming years to rapidly improve public education in Texas,” and policymakers must be “thoughtful and meticulous about how we measure performance, regardless of the discomfort we might...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

October 17, 2017

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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TX Granted Extra Time to Submit ESSA Plan

September 12, 2017

Texas has been granted extra time to submit their ESSA plan due to Hurricane Harvey.

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TX’s Public Comment Period Open Through Aug. 29

August 5, 2017

The Texas Education Agency will accept public comment on the state’s draft ESSA plan through August 29. Comments can be submitted via email.

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TX Releases State’s Draft ESSA Plan

July 31, 2017

The Texas Education Agency released the state’s draft ESSA plan for public review. Feedback will be accepted until August 29.

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Texas’ ESSA Plan Available for Public Comment

July 26, 2017

Texas Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced the public comment period for the state’s ESSA plan will begin July 31. Public feedback will be accepted until August 29.

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TEA Releases Results of ESSA Public Survey

January 1, 2017

The Texas Education Agency released the results of the state’s ESSA public survey. Participants voted for “critical thinking skills, development of interpersonal skills such as public speaking, and access and completion to advanced-level coursework” to help students be successful. The TEA is scheduled to release...

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TEA and Education Commissioner Meet with Stakeholders on Implementation Options

November 4, 2016

Lauren Callahan, an information specialist with the Texas Education Agency, said TEA and Education Commissioner Mike Morath have “held, and will continue to hold, meetings with education service center directors, district superintendents and advisory committees about the various implementation options” Texas has under ESSA. Callahan...

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Texas Education Commissioner Seeks Input from the Community

October 21, 2016

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath is seeking input from Texas families and taxpayers on ESSA implementation. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) will use an online survey to “help determine how the federal law can be used to improve accountability, funding, school advancement, and grant-making systems.”

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Association of Texas Professional Educators Holds Meetings in D.C. to Discuss ESSA

June 29, 2016

Members of the Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE) held meetings in Washington, D.C. with the Dept. of Education and the Senate and House education committees to discuss ESSA implementation, providing perspectives from Texas classrooms.

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Releases State ESSA Primers

May 16, 2016

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s primers include individual state by state accountability system fact sheets, which detail each state’s current accountability system, what could change under ESSA, and what to be asking state leaders. See details about your state here.

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Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams issues statement on ESSA

December 9, 2015

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams issued the following statement on ESSA: “The Texas Education Agency will now focus on working through the specific details of this federal legislation to help explain to our districts and charters the many aspects included in this bill. It’s important...

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