Teachers and Schools

Below are the most recent news, reports and recommendations around ESSA relating to teachers and schools.

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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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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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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New York Releases List of Highest Achieving Schools in NYC

According to Chalkbeat, New York State has identified 277 New York City schools that are among the highest achieving in the Empire State. “The schools were marked as ‘top performing’ under the federal K-12 education law, Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. A total of…

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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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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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Kentucky Looking to Change Accountability System Again?

According to Olivia Krauth at Insider Louisville, Kentucky’s school accountability system will soon change due to passage or recent legislation. “The state changed how it identifies schools for additional support last year in compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act,” and then “rolled out…

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Missouri Passes School Turnaround Legislation

Bobby Radford reports for the Daily Journal that the Missouri state legislature has passes the School Turnaround Act (HB 604), which would “provide more tools to better help meet the needs of students in under-performing schools.” The bill, which passed by significant majorities and will…

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Health, Education, and Successful Education

According to the Stanford Social Innovation Review, schools are emerging as critical places to address childhood health concerns. As part of this discussion, the authors note that the “next few years will present important opportunities for school health advocates to address student health and wellness…

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Fostering Teacher Preparedness on SEL

In this recent Learning Policy Institute report, authors Hanna Melnick and Lorea Martinez note that “federal, state, and local efforts can support school and district leaders’ learning about SEL and administrators’ role in supporting teachers and students.” States can use federal dollars to foot the…

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Key Takeaways on School Effectiveness

As ESSA “has significantly changed the nation’s school accountability landscape,” recent work from NWEA identifies three key takeaways from an examination of school effectiveness research: “1. School effectiveness measures are sensitive to summer loss;” “2. More student growth is attributable to schools when summer loss…

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Low-Performing Schools Under ESSA

Much of ESSA “deals with schools struggling to meet expectations,” reports Andrew Ujifusa in Education Week. “And we have new information concerning just how many of them are being tagged as needing improvement in the Every Student Succeeds Act era.” Ujifusa, notes however, there is a…

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More Than Two-Dozen New Mexico Schools Released from Oversight

Dillon Mullan reports for the Santa Fe New Mexican that the New Mexico Public Education Department announced recently that 27 public schools “have seen sufficient improvements in student achievement and graduation rates” that they no longer need to be under the “immediate oversight” of the…

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Education Leaders “Overwhelmed” by School Improvement Under ESSA

A recent report from the Center on Education Policy — “How States are Responding to ESSA’s Evidence Requirements for School Improvement” — reveals that many education leaders feel “overwhelmed” about how to implement school improvement under ESSA. Using interview information from education leaders in seven…

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New Mexico Ditches A-F School Ratings

Cindy Long reports that New Mexico’s new Governor and Secretary of Education will “amend the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), scrap the A-F school grading system and replace the policy of labeling schools as ‘failing’ in favor of actually supporting schools in need and celebrating…

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National Urban League Releases ESSA Equity Ratings

On April 10, the National Urban League released a new ESSA equity review, which rates the ESSA plans of 36 states and DC based on a dozen equity metrics, Education Dive’s Jessica Campisi reports. Metrics including resources, educators, and struggling school supports and interventions, were assigned…

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Montana “Punts” Definition of “Ineffective Teacher” to Districts

Matt Hoffman reports for the Billings Gazette that Montana “punted” on the state’s definition of an “ineffective teacher” under ESSA, which requires states to specifically define this term. Though the state won approval for its ESSA plan, it do so while saying it would define…

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Making ESSA a Reality

Also a part of Education Week’s special report, Alyson Klein also reports on the work districts are doing to make ESSA a reality. While ESSA has been on the books for several years, for “states and school districts, some of the most important work—including putting…

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Nebraska School Looking to Leverage ESSA Funds

Clinton Elementary in Lincoln, Nebraska, which is “eligible for a federal grant to help improve academic performance of some of the state’s lowest-performing schools,” plans to apply for up to $800,000 in ESSA funds over a three-year period, according to the Lincoln Journal Star. “Clinton…

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Are States Limiting Schools Identified for Support?

This report by Lindsay Dworkin and Anne Hyslop for the Alliance for Excellent Education takes a look at how, under ESSA, “states have reimagined their school accountability systems and come up with new ways to identify schools for support and improvement.” Though ESSA has some…

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NYC Mistakenly Tells Parents at Struggling Schools Their Kids Can Transfer

Alex Zimmerman reports for Chalkbeat that the New York City education department has “erroneously sent letters to some parents telling them they had the right to request transferring their children to higher-performing schools.” Under New York State’s ESSA plan, “local districts were given more flexibility…

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A Bipartisan Conversation Between Two Former Governors

In a 74 Interview, Former Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) and Former Delaware Governor Jack Markell (D) engaged in a one-on-one discussion on bipartisan education policy efforts. The two state leaders focused on college and career readiness, standards, testing, and ESSA. When talking about ESSA,…

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Alaska Flags Schools for Improvement

The Milbank Monitor reports that Alaska’s education department “has flagged about a fifth of the state’s public schools as needing additional support” under its new, ESSA-based accountability system. “The 107 schools were identified because of low graduation rates or poor performance on academic measures, either…

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A School Improvement Resolution for New York State

New York Urban League President and CEO Arva Rice highlights the Collaborative’s recent review of New York’s ESSA accountability plan, which “found that New York has laid a strong foundation but can still improve the sustainability of its plan.” Rice urges the Governor and legislators…

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New Mexico Ditching A-F Rating System

The New Mexico Public Education Department plans to get rid of the state’s A-F public school grading system, reports Dillon Mullan for the Santa Fe New Mexican. “Under proposed changes to the state’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the agency…

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