With the focus on preparing for full implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), CSAI has created this collection of curated resources to support state and local education agencies with planning for and implementing ESSA-aligned plans. The collection is arranged in sections for resources related to: accountability, assessment, college and career readiness, data use, and special populations. For additional resources for ESSA-related questions, please look at the other CSAI collections on: Communication from the U.S. Department of Education, Data Use, Assessment Audits, Communications 101: Getting Your Message Out, and English Language Learners.
To support American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students, CSAI has produced documents that outline strategies for states, districts, and schools to potentially utilize. These documents outline issues and barriers that have adversely impacted AI/AN students' learning outcomes, and strategies that address these issues.
Formative assessment is a process educators employ in daily instruction to support students make progress on their learning. Effective use of formative assessment requires educators to create clear Learning Goals and Success Criteria for each lesson, build in opportunities to gather evidence of learning, and take pedagogical action to provide students with feedback that will help move students’ learning forward. The Formative Assessment collection brings together resources that educators can use to support professional learning about formative assessment and implementation of formative assessment at the state, district, and classroom levels.
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The U.S. Department of Education granted more than $427 million to help turn around the lowest-achieving schools in nearly every state and U.S. territory. USDOE awards School Improvement Grants (SIG) to states and territories, which then award subgrants to school districts that demonstrate the greatest need for the funds and the strongest commitment to substantially raising student achievement in the lowest-performing schools.
The U.S. Department of Education (USED) released non-regulatory guidance to help states, districts, and schools provide students with a more well-rounded education under the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants. This new grant program in ESSA focuses on safe and healthy students, how technology can be integrated into schools to improve teaching and learning, and access to a well-rounded education. The guidance helps support effective implementation of the new grant program and provides examples of allowable uses of funds, discusses the role of state education agencies, details fiscal responsibilities, and identifies local application requirements. For a summary of the guidance, see the press release from USED here.
The U.S. Department of Education released non-regulatory guidance on early learning for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the first comprehensive look on how ESSA supports young learners from birth through 3rd grade. The purpose of this document is to remind state and local leaders about the importance of investing in early learning and the opportunities available under ESSA to strengthen early education.