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. An SEA may submit a consolidated State plan using either the revised template or an alternative template that addresses each requirement identified in the revised template and developed with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). If an SEA does not use the revised template, it must submit a table of contents or guide that indicates where the SEA addressed each requirement in its consolidated State plan. For any program not included in a consolidated State plan, the SEA must submit an individual program State plan that meets the statutory and regulatory requirements of each respective program. A list of States that have submitted plans can be found here. This Spotlight includes links to each State's draft State plan (if available), information and key resources regarding the development and submission of State plans, and information on how States have involved stakeholders during the development process. Information is current as of August 18, 2017.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recognizes the importance of balanced assessment systems, the need for interim measures to monitor the progress of low performing schools, and the value of testing audits to improve system efficiency and effectiveness. ESSA also offers states the flexibility to “use a series of statewide interim assessments during the course of the academic year that result in a single summative assessment score” in place of a single annual test. Interim assessments thus have a strong potential role to play in ESSA planning. Built on the CSAI collection on interim assessments, this brief considers six questions related to their use. What are interim assessments? What is their purpose? Whom do they serve? What does research say about the effectiveness of interim assessments? How does a district or school decide whether to use interim assessments? What criteria are important in selecting or developing interim assessments? What supports should be in place to promote the effective use of interim assessments for improvement?
This collection provides guidance and resources to help educators in states, districts, and schools understand and enact the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as it relates to English learner (EL) students.
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Videos, presentations, and handouts from the CCSSO 2017 National Conference on Student Assessment are available online. To view presentations, browse by topic strand, program, or day; all sessions with a folder icon next to the session title have meeting materials attached.
Education First has published slick deck resource to help policymakers, district and school leaders, and other stakeholders learn how states are using ESSA to support STEM education.
Achieve has released a new set of reports that evaluate states on their transparency in reporting on eight different indicators of college and career readiness. Achieve's staff rated each state on the eight indicators to produce an overall score on transparency.