After the Secretary promised to provide states wide latitude in implementing ESSA, the DeVos team seems to be misreading the law, the substantive issues, and the politics.
Few of NCLB’s provisions received as much scorn as its singular focus on grade-level proficiency as the sole measure of school performance.
California’s new school dashboard provides solutions to criticisms of the state’s previous system. But the result may lack clarity for parents, and the most important element of all – consequences.
Repealing the regs via the Congressional Review Act will make ESSA implementation a whole lot more difficult than it needs to be.
Proactive choice regulations and/or guidance will give states and districts the legal assurance they need to innovate and provide more options to families.
These regulations do more to empower states, local communities, and parents and clarify what’s possible under the law than they do to limit them.
Title I formulas now provide extra funds per poor student in poorer places. Under portability, this would no longer be true,
If the ESSA rules are repealed, states could be left with little more than an ambiguous statute and non-binding assurances from the executive and legislative branches.
The Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal education law passed in 2015, is part of what would seem to be a dying breed: major pieces of domestic policy legislation passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. How did ESSA come to be? And what does it mean for American students?
States and school districts may find it tricky to navigate what is required and how money can be spent, which can lead to funds being used in “safe” and “permissible” ways rather than the ways that educators deem most useful.
An excerpt from “The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States”
Direct Student Services gives states new leeway to use some of their federal Title I dollars to expand instructional choice for students.
We won’t make progress on education if we keep pushing our same old ideas. Let’s make 2017 the year for inventiveness, evidence, and humility.
Platforms, projects, wraparound services and assessments will all be in the news.
To fully exploit ESSA’s expanded possibilities for state leadership on school and district improvement, state superintendents will need a wide range of skills.
States are now putting pen to paper on their accountability plans and many of them want advice about what to do.
Requiring that districts move closer to equal spending across schools may simply shift high-cost but less effective resources to students in need.
Under ESSA, states have new freedom to design their own accountability systems for schools. Will they innovate or will they retreat from real accountability?
Education has mostly stayed on the sidelines of this race. That hints at what’s ahead for education, but it also says even more about this race and the state of American politics today.
The overwhelming majority of states provide schools with few incentives to focus on their high-achieving students.
Instead of continuing with a complex and ineffective maze of Title I regulations, states should have the opportunity to let parents decide how to use Title I dollars.
Our next President will be forced to make a number of important education policy decisions almost immediately upon taking office.