As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is implemented across the country, stakeholders and community members have sought to understand the law’s details and how ESSA will change states’ education systems. As a result of changes in accountability indicator requirements, states are re-evaluating their accountability systems and assessing whether or not changes are needed to meet ESSA requirements. Considering the magnitude of some of these changes, states must communicate the law and its associated changes to the public in a way that enables all stakeholders’ understanding. To do so, states have created and shared communication tools to provide further information and detail on the stipulations and requirements of ESSA. This Spotlight examines states' creation and use of websites to share ESSA information with stakeholders. While the content is accurate at the time of this writing, state web pages and links can change quickly. We will try to update information on a regular basis. If you have specific communication or public engagement efforts that you would like to share, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This brief is intended to provide a common foundation by laying out a general framework for a comprehensive, learning-based assessment system. The framework incorporates different types of assessment to serve the distinct information needs of different stakeholders, but all of the assessments are closely coordinated. This coordination ensures uniform focus and strategic action across levels to fuel students’ achievement of state college and career ready standards (CCRS). The brief starts with consideration of the role of assessment in improving learning and then examines the various types and levels of assessment that constitute a coherent, balanced, learning-based system of assessment. The system enables stakeholders at every level to utilize a common cycle of assessment-driven, continuous improvement, with each cycle focused on different levels of evidence and action. The brief closes with consideration of essential prerequisites to achieving the framework vision, including high quality assessment tools, effective use of assessment to improve learning, and system supports for both. For better print quality on a black and white printer, please use this black and white version of the brief.
With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have an opportunity to reflect on their overall vision and goals for education and determine how to best support that vision to achieve their goals. Collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders, states are carefully considering different elements of their education systems, including standards, assessments, and accountability systems, as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance college- and career-readiness for all students. States will articulate their visions and goals in the consolidated state plans or individual program state plans they provide on two possible submission dates – April 3, 2017 or September 18, 2017. Consistent with the requirements of the ESEA, as amended by ESSA, the U.S. Department of Education will conduct a peer review process of submitted State plans after each of the two submission dates. Information on when States will be submitting State plans can be found here. At any time, a State may decide to submit its State plan on the other submission date. This Spotlight includes links to each states’ draft state plans (if available), information and key resources regarding the development of state plans, and information on how states have involved stakeholders during the development process. Information is current as of February 18, 2017.
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This link to the Office of the Federal Register states that the following Every Student Succeeds Act regulations are currently delayed: Accountability and State Plans (ESSA Accountability and State Plans), RIN 1810-AB27; Open Licensing Requirement for Competitive Grant Programs (Open Licensing), RIN 1894-AA07; and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The Federal Register also includes information about who to contact at the U.S. Department of Education for further information.
Margaret Heritage will be the keynote speaker at the statewide Michigan School Testing Conference and is the invited lecturer for the Frank B. Womer Lectureship in Measurement and Assessment in the School of Education. She will speak on formative assessment and the way it informs teaching and learning.
This Education Week blog provides an update on the current status of the ESSA accountability regulations. Due to an executive order, the accountability regulations are currently on hold until at least late March. This executive order does not affect assessment regulations or Innovative Assessment Pilot regulations. The blog contains additional details and links to information regarding ESSA regulations.