Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have reimagined their school accountability systems and come up with new ways to identify schools for support and improvement. States are required to identify schools for three categories of support: comprehensive (CSI), additional targeted (ATS), and targeted support and improvement (TSI). States must also determine how to weight different indicators such as academic achievement, academic growth, and high school graduation rate in their systems—identifying schools that fall below the thresholds set in the law.
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) published a report in March 2019 reviewing states progress on their ESSA-driven responsibilities related to school improvement. The report includes a survey administered to 41 states and is organized around seven areas state education agencies are responsible for related to ESSA school improvement.
A Consumer’s Guide to Testing under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): What Can the Common Core and Other ESSA Assessments Tell Us?
A “consumer’s guide” from Professor Madhabi Chatterji explains how best to apply information from the adopted tests with a mind to their design and with close attention to their purposes, technical merits and limitations. The guide draws on best practice guidelines in the 2014 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, combined with published recommendations of selected professional associations, educational researchers, educational leaders and practitioners to elaborate on the problem, and to provide guidelines, examples and recommendations.
The New Mexico Public Education Department announced that the state's standardized testing and teacher evaluations will be getting a makeover. The state agency is seeking public input for updates and ideas on how to measure the proficiency of students and teachers, PARCC for testing and NM Teach for the evaluations were also included in survey rollout to the public earlier this month. New Mexico plans to submit the proposed amendments received during the feedback period in its ESSA state plan to the U.S. Department of Education towards the end of April.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released proposed non-regulatory guidance to support school districts' compliance with the requirement that federal funds supplement, and do not supplant, state and local funds, under section 1118 of Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidance explains how ESSA changed the longstanding requirement in order to reduce administrative burden, simplify the compliance demonstration and promote effective spending. There will be a public comment period of 30 days to allow educators, parents and others to provide feedback on the draft non-regulatory guidance document.