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January 23, 2019

How Are States Measuring College-and-Career Readiness? It's a Hodge-Podge

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states had to choose at least one measure of school quality or student success—something beyond test scores. According to an analysis by Education Strategy Group in collaboration with Advance CTE and Achieve, a total of 44 states are looking at college and/or career readiness somewhere in their accountability systems, whether for ESSA or under state systems for rating schools. 36 states are measuring college readiness through coursework for federal accountability, and 12 states measure college readiness through work-based learning or leadership experience. In another analysis by the Alliance for Excellent Education, 21 states consider whether students have earned industry credentials.

January 23, 2019

NCEE Seeks to Evaluate ESSA Pilots

The U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Evaluation (NCEE) is looking for proposals from vendors to complete an evaluation for two programs authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Authority (IADA) and the Flexibility for Equitable Per-Pupil Funding. The evaluations will be focusing on describing implementations in pilot sites, challenges faced and approaches to mitigating challenges. This request for information is to conduct market research on whether there are sufficient interest capabilities from vendors to conduct these evaluations. Responses to the RFI were due on January 18.

January 14, 2019

Indiana Department of Education Proposes ESSA Change To Eliminate Federal Letter Grades

The Indiana Department of Education is proposing a change to the state's ESSA plan by removing A-F ratings for federal accountability and replacing them with four classification groups: exceeding, meeting, approaching, or not meeting expectations, to help clear up confusion about how schools are doing in the different accountability arenas.

January 7, 2019

When Do States Have to Release Their ESSA Report Cards?

ESSA requires states to identify schools that are in need of improvement and those where vulnerable groups of students are struggling. Under accountability regulations written by the Obama administration, states were supposed to publish this data by Dec. 31, 2018 but those regulations were scrapped by Republicans in Congress and the Trump administration in early 2017. The Trump administration's November 2018 ESSA "parent guide" has a section on report cards, but makes no mention of a date for them to be released.

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.

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