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Ratings Revelations from the First Batch of State ESSA Plans

Ratings Revelations from the First Batch of State ESSA Plans

By Dirk Zuschlag          Although the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) rolls back federal education mandates to allow states more authority over their accountability systems, it nonetheless requires that the Secretary of Education approve each state’s accountability plan to be implemented in the 2017-18 school year. Under an Obama Administration policy, states (and Washington, DC) could… Read More »

Where We Stand and Where We’re Headed With U.S. Graduation Rates

Where We Stand and Where We’re Headed With U.S. Graduation Rates

By David Casalaspi   The United States graduation rate is at an all-time high, with 82.3% of high school seniors graduating last year. At this point, it is not inconceivable that we could achieve a long-standing national goal of having a 90% graduation rate by 2020. But despite the good news, a 2016 report by… Read More »

Feds and States and Widgets—Oh My!

Feds and States and Widgets—Oh My!

By Dirk Zuschlag The Feds For nearly seven years the Obama Department of Education (USDOE), through its Race to the Top (RttT) program and its issuance of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers, pushed states to establish “rigorous” teacher evaluation systems that incorporated student achievement evidence, the results of which would then be used in… Read More »

New Year’s Updates to Several Governance and Finance Posts

New Year’s Updates to Several Governance and Finance Posts

By Dirk Zuschlag The New Year has already seen developments relevant to several posts from the last quarter of 2016. Here’s a brief update.    While the Connecticut School Finance Case Pends Last September, a Connecticut trial court issued its decision in CCJEF v. Rell, a long-running case where the issue was whether the state education… Read More »

Secretary DeVos and Title I Portability

Secretary DeVos and Title I Portability

By Dirk Zuschlag New Education Secretary: What Policy?                                                                                                In all likelihood, Betsy DeVos will soon become Secretary of Education. As an earlier Green & Write post has pointed out, DeVos is best known as a very rich, very well-connected champion of school choice and publically-funded vouchers. Remarkably influential in Michigan politics, she has provoked criticism, and… Read More »

MIA: The ESSA’s “Supplement Not Supplant” Regulation

MIA: The ESSA’s “Supplement Not Supplant” Regulation

By Dirk Zuschlag The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a reauthorization of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), became law in December 2015 with broad bipartisan and interest group support.  Since the law’s passage, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) has been occupied with the formal administrative rulemaking process necessary to the law’s… Read More »

Educational Federalism, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the Future of Educational Policy

Educational Federalism, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the Future of Educational Policy

This week’s Green & Write post is from Dr. Andrew Saultz. Andrew Saultz is an assistant professor of Educational Leadership at Miami University. Dr. Saultz’s research focuses on accountability policy, educational federalism, and teacher policy. His work has been published in Educational Researcher, Teachers College Record, Educational Policy, and the American Journal of Education among others. It is rare… Read More »

Opportunities and Limits of the ESSA’s Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority

Opportunities and Limits of the ESSA’s Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority

By Nancy Duchesneau The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers new opportunities for states to customize, innovate, and improve their assessment and accountability systems. One such option is the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority, which gives states and districts a chance to try out a new generation of assessments. Inspired by New Hampshire’s Performance… Read More »

The ESSA’s New Transparency Requirements

By David Casalaspi The recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) received acclaim for scaling back the federal government’s role in accountability. But at the same time it loosened the accountability reins on states, it also bolstered transparency requirements. The biggest changes on this front are new requirements which add additional subgroups to existing school… Read More »

A House Divided: The Multiple Goals of the ED

A House Divided: The Multiple Goals of the ED

By David Casalaspi   This past week, the House Committee on Education and the Workforce held hearings with Acting Secretary of Education John King to discuss how the Department of Education (ED) should implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). During the hearings, Chairman John Kline (R-MN) belabored the point that the ESSA was intended… Read More »