U.S. Department of Education has a new interactive webpage that shares data on English Learner students (ELs). The site answers three main questions - Who are ELs? Where are ELs? And what languages do ELs speak? - by using colorful maps, bar graphs, and charts to provide a clearer understanding of America's diverse ELs population in a "data story" format based on data from the Common Core of Data. For the Department's press release of the new webpage, click here.
Education Commission of the States (ECS) created accessible tables that compare how the 50 states approach school accountability in current policy or in their ESSA plans. Individual state profiles that show a state's current accountability plan and its ESSA accountability plan are also available (here).
American Institutes for Research (AIR) has reviewed state plans submitted in Fall 2017 and summarized key elements in concise, individual state profiles. So far, 35 state profiles and a summary report are available.
Achieve's online tracker of state accountability systems is based on states' ESSA plans. The tracker summarizes states' long term goals for student achievement and graduation rates, along with the accountability indicators and weighting. It is limited to the information included in state ESSA plans, and may not fully reflect a state’s approach to accountability. Achieve regularly updates the tracker as state plans are approved.
The Education Commission of the States released a brief that provides information on categories, types, and purposes of assessment. The purpose of this brief is to support state leaders' understanding of assessment.