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. 

February 3, 2017

Announcement Regarding Delay of ESSA Regulations

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. 

February 1, 2017

Margaret Heritage Presentation on Formative Assessment

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. 

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