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January 7, 2019

States Allowed to Try More Than One Test as Part of Innovative Assessment Pilot?

According to a December message from federal officials to the Georgia Department of Education, state officials who are thinking about applying for ESSA’s Innovative Assessment pilot program “don’t have to pick just one exam for your test drive—but you do have to end up with a single test in the end.” The news that more than one test is allowed in the initial phases of the pilot “is a potential game-changer for states who want in on the pilot but haven’t settled on an assessment for every district to use.” However, it is unclear if this approach adheres to existing ESSA regulations on piloting a single innovative assessment system.

November 28, 2018

How Can States and Districts Use ESSA to Embrace Arts Education?

States had to choose at least one indicator of school quality or student success to consider alongside test scores in gauging school performance. At least five states decided to use the arts—either access to classes or some other indicator—to fulfill this requirement. 

November 16, 2018

Check State Plans: How are states addressing the needs of their lowest performing schools?

States have a responsibility and opportunity to create systems that meaningfully address underperforming schools in order to provide all students with a strong, equitable education. This project is an independent peer review analysis that looks across 17 states to see how states are providing resources and supports to their districts to target schools that are most in need.

November 13, 2018

Designing a Coherent System of Accountability Across ESSA and Perkins V

Both ESSA and Perkins V are intended to support the development and maintenance of programs that ensure students and workers acquire the broad range of skills needed to engage successfully in college and careers. However, these laws have traditionally been addressed in isolation. This article explores how considering ESSA and Perkins V as complementary parts of a larger accountability system can help states be better aligned with both.

November 8, 2018

Secretary DeVos Releases Guide to Help Families Understand School Report Cards Required by ESSA

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released a resource guide to understanding state and local report cards required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For the first time ever, states will be required to report funding from federal, state and local sources, and how much money is spent per pupil. Parents will be able to utilize this valuable information to make informed decisions about their child’s current education, as well as future learning pathways.

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