March 15, 2017

Updated ESSA Consolidated State Plan Template

This U.S. Department of Education press release provides an update on the template for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated state plans. The press release includes links to a letter to chief state school officers, a fact sheet, frequently asked questions, the consolidated state plan template, and a crosswalk that highlights changes in the new template.

February 17, 2017

Update Related to State ESSA Plans

This Education Week blog post provides an update on the current status of ESSA regulations and the timeline for state plans. The blog includes the full text of a letter from the Secretary of Education to Chief State School Officers. The Secretary's letter encourages states to continue developing ESSA plans. The Department will let states know when there is a new plan template, and will accept consolidated state plans on April 3 or September 18, 2017. 

January 27, 2017

ESSA Accountability Regulations Update

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.

January 26, 2017

U.S. Department of Education Seeking Peer Reviewers for State Plans

The U.S. Department of Education is seeking educators, state and local education agency staff, researchers, and other education experts to serve as peer reviewers of ESSA state plans. The deadline for applying to serve as a peer reviewer is January 27, 2017. For more information about being a peer reviewer and the application process, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website

January 17, 2017

Annotated Student Work Resource

Achieve has created a suite of resources to support the Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) initiative. The most recent additions to the EQuIP resource library are annotated student work samples that complement some of the sample units and lessons. Educators can view the annotated student work samples and the EQuIP Student Work Protocol on the Achieve website.