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.

December 22, 2016

Teachers Feel More Prepared to Teach Standards

While mastery of the standards is increasing, there is still a dearth of state resources for teachers to use. The high pressure of designing and teaching curriculum has long fallen on teachers of the Common Core. This article highlights the growth of Common Core through the years via teacher mastery and assessment.