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Nominee for Top Education Dept. Attorney: I’d Tell Officials to Follow ESSA

The nominee to be the U.S. Department of Education's lead attorney, under questioning from the top Democrat for education in the Senate, said he would tell states and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to follow the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Rivalries, Political Infighting Marked States’ ESSA Planning – Education Week

The grinding, two-year process of drafting accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act has upended states' K-12 political landscape and laid bare long-simmering factions among power brokers charged with putting the new federal education law into effect this school year.

House OKs Bill to Slash Education Budget as School Choice Push Loses Out

The House of Representatives voted Thursday to approve an education funding bill that would cut about $2.3 billion from the U.S. Department of Education, a roughly 3.5 percent reduction from the agency's current budget of $68.4 billion.

Catching Up: John B. King Jr. on Trump, ESSA, and Heading Back to the Classroom

Last year at this time then-U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. was on a back-to-school bus tour through a swath of the South, touring school districts hit by a hurricane, and dropping by a charter high school in New Orleans to talk to students about a recent turnaround effort. 

Senate Bill Blocks Trump, DeVos on K-12 Cuts and School Choice – Education Week

Senators are pouring cold water on U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' vision of a big new investment in school choice, as well as the Trump administration's plans to dramatically slash spending at the U.S. Department of Education.

Update on Department of Education Response to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma

Washington — As part of its ongoing efforts to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and in the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Department of Education released the following update:

Secretary DeVos Announces ‘Rethink School’ Back to School Tour

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos kicks off a “Rethink School” back-to-school tour today at select locations across the country.

U.S. Department of Education Awards $20 Million to Support Educators of English Learner Students

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) announced today the awarding of $20 million in grants under the National Professional Development Program (NPD), to support educators of English learner students.

NSBA Center for Public Education study finds public schools offer the broadest range of educational choices

A new report -- “Busting the Myth of ‘one-size-fits all’ Public Education,” -- from the Center for Public Education (CPE) found an abundance of choice in public schools, both in program offerings and school selection. CPE is the research tank for the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The report comes at an opportune time with the increasing focus in Washington, D.C. and state capitals on educational choice.

Here’s Where School Choice Bills Stand as Congress Restarts

School choice programs the Trump administration wants in next year's budget haven't gotten traction, at least with House lawmakers. (We still don't know yet how the Senate feels.) But those aren't the only choice plans Congress has the chance to consider. So how are these doing?

ALA responds to end of Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

"We are disappointed that the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are in jeopardy. Through no fault of their own, these undocumented youth were brought to this country as children, and deserve the opportunity to contribute to our society without the fear of being deported. We ask Congress to work together to find a solution to this issue."

NNPA/ESSA Parent Video – Richard Campbell

Richard Campbell talks about the Every Student Succeeds Act after the National Black Parent Town Hall hosted by the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA).

Schools Must Welcome Participation from All Parents

Aiyana Thomas, a 17-year-old Baltimore City College High School, talks about the importance of successful parent-teacher partnerships in education and the Every Student Succeeds Act.

It Will Take More than ESSA to Save Black Children

Lynette Monroe, the program assistant for the NNPA’s Every Student Succeeds Act Public Awareness Campaign, talks about the importance of Black parental engagement in education.

Survey: Public Wants Course Correction on Schools, Says No to Vouchers

How wide is the disconnect between the public and the current administration on what should and shouldn’t be done to strengthen our schools? According to the 2017 Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK) Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, the gap is significant.

New Federal Rule Could Force States to Lower Graduation Rates

Education Week’s Catherine Gewertz writes that a “little-noticed change in the country’s main federal education law could force many states to lower their high school graduation rates, a politically explosive move no state would relish.” Indiana is “the first state to be caught in the crosshairs” of ESSA’s language, but others are sure to follow. The resulting debate “could throw a sharp spotlight on a topic that’s been lurking in the wings: the wildly varying levels of accomplishment signified by a high school diploma.”

Confused About Where Your State’s ESSA Plan Stands? We’re Here to Help

With the flurry of news about states' plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act, are you confused about where things actually stand? We're here to help end your confusion.

Thursday Webinar: Dual Language Learners

The final webinar in NCSL's Early Care and Education series will focus on policy options and strategies to effectively serve preschool through third grade students who are still mastering their native language while also learning English.

Education Dive Examines ESSA’s Four Biggest Impacts

In a new post, Education Dive editor Roger Riddell writes on ESSA’s four biggest impacts. The law has shifted power back to districts and given states “more decision-making freedom” when it comes to standardized testing and “how they use their funding.”

How to explain the sprawling federal ESSA law to readers, editors, & friends

Alexander Russo writes on Phi Delta Kappan that “mainstream news coverage of ESSA so far has been skimpy & superficial, given how important the new federal education law is going to be in coming years.” However, “there’s still more than enough time for education reporters and editors to grab hold of the story.”

The 50th Annual Council of Urban Boards of Education Conference

The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) has been at the forefront in helping urban school districts in their work to close the achievement gap, raise high school graduation rates, provide intervention services to academically struggling students, and create broad-based school programs to...

National News: Surprise, Trump’s education ideas are polarizing

In the last year, there's been a big drop in support for charter schools, while other forms of school choice are getting a little less unpopular. That's the top line of a national poll released today.

Betsy DeVos Greenlights ESSA Plans for Connecticut, Louisiana

Add two more plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act to the "approved" pile: Connecticut and Louisiana. The states become the fifth and sixth to be approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Obama Education Appointees: Where Are They Now?

The Obama administration's political appointees may have cleaned out their desks at the U.S. Department of Education and the White House six months ago or more. But that doesn't mean that they have stopped working on K-12 policy.

ESSA’s New High School Testing Flexibility: What’s the Catch?

When the Every Student Succeeds Act passed, one of the things that educators were most excited about was the chance to cut down on the number of tests kids have to take, Specifically, the law allows some districts to offer a nationally recognized college-entrance exam instead of the state test for accountability.

Why Standards are Important under the Every Student Succeeds Act

Dr. Elizabeth Primas talks about education reform, Common Core State Standards, the Race to the Top Fund and parental engagement in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

VIDEO: What the Every Student Succeeds Act means for STEM in your state

January 2016 webinar from the STEMx network. To learn more, visit www.stemx.us.

NAGC Briefing on the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Every Student Succeeds Act)

National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Briefing on the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (Every Student Succeeds Act)

Will Betsy DeVos Set a High Bar for Approving ESSA Plans? Watch Michigan

Want to know how high U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her team will set the bar in approving Every Student Succeeds Act plans? How DeVos handles her home state may provide the answer.

10 Back to School tips for parents

As summer comes to an end and back-to-school season begins, it can be hard to get back into a regular schedule — both for kids and adults. To make the best of the summer-to-school transition, the Defender has compiled some tips on how parents can avoid being overwhelmed in the coming weeks.

ESSA Point Man Jason Botel to Leave Education Dept. Post, Sources Say

Acting Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education Jason Botel may not hold that title much longer, sources say. Botel, who was named to his post in April, may take on another role within the administration or leave altogether.

Democrats Blast Betsy DeVos for Her Department’s ‘Hostility’ to Civil Rights

Fifty Democrats in Congress have urged Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to nominate a "qualified individual" to run the U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights, and are continuing to criticize her approach to issues ranging from sexual assault to transgender student rights protections.

What Happened to ESSA’s Innovative Testing Pilot?

Remember the Every Student Succeeds Act's brand new program aimed at helping states try out new forms of testing?

Seven Things to Communicate to Students Before Testing

We can all agree that students are a key stakeholder in their own education. When they are involved in the assessment process and in their own learning, the result is an improvement in achievement.

School Accountability in First-Round ESSA State Plans

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is the primary legislation related to federal K-12 education programs.

VIDEO: Every Student Succeeds Act

CSPAN Video Presentation on the floor of the House of Representatives by Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC)

VIDEO: ESSA Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 Making Learning Personal for both students and educators

The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) returns a lot of control and directives from the federal government back to states and school districts where local administrative and instructional leaders know how to best support their teachers and students with their federal funding.

Grading State ESSA Plans on How They Treat Parents and High-Poverty Schools

Will parents be able to understand their child's school's performance under the Every Student Succeeds Act? And will schools with students from difficult socioeconomic backgrounds get a fair shake?

Are States Taking the Trump Ed. Dept.’s ESSA Critiques to Heart? Not Always.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos' team have told states that they need to make bunch of changes in their plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. But in some cases, states have said thanks-but-no-thanks to the department's advice, turning in revised plans that may or may not be kosher under the new law.

VIDEO: Every Student Succeeds Act – Stakeholders

TEA's Mark Baxter describes the TEA's work with stakeholders to develop our statewide Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

NATIONAL ESSA NEWS

NSBA Center for Public Education study finds public schools offer the broadest range of educational choices

A new report — “Busting the Myth of ‘one-size-fits all’ Public Education,” — from the Center for Public Education (CPE) found an abundance of choice in public schools, both in program offerings and school selection. CPE is the research tank for the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The report comes at an opportune time with the increasing focus in Washington, D.C. and state capitals on educational choice.

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Here’s Where School Choice Bills Stand as Congress Restarts

School choice programs the Trump administration wants in next year’s budget haven’t gotten traction, at least with House lawmakers. (We still don’t know yet how the Senate feels.) But those aren’t the only choice plans Congress has the chance to consider. So how are these doing?

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ALA responds to end of Deferred Action to Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program

“We are disappointed that the protections of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program are in jeopardy. Through no fault of their own, these undocumented youth were brought to this country as children, and deserve the opportunity to contribute to our society without the fear of being deported. We ask Congress to work together to find a solution to this issue.”

read more

New Federal Rule Could Force States to Lower Graduation Rates

Education Week’s Catherine Gewertz writes that a “little-noticed change in the country’s main federal education law could force many states to lower their high school graduation rates, a politically explosive move no state would relish.” Indiana is “the first state to be caught in the crosshairs” of ESSA’s language, but others are sure to follow. The resulting debate “could throw a sharp spotlight on a topic that’s been lurking in the wings: the wildly varying levels of accomplishment signified by a high school diploma.”

read more

Thursday Webinar: Dual Language Learners

The final webinar in NCSL’s Early Care and Education series will focus on policy options and strategies to effectively serve preschool through third grade students who are still mastering their native language while also learning English.

read more

Education Dive Examines ESSA’s Four Biggest Impacts

In a new post, Education Dive editor Roger Riddell writes on ESSA’s four biggest impacts. The law has shifted power back to districts and given states “more decision-making freedom” when it comes to standardized testing and “how they use their funding.”

read more

The 50th Annual Council of Urban Boards of Education Conference

The Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) has been at the forefront in helping urban school districts in their work to close the achievement gap, raise high school graduation rates, provide intervention services to academically struggling students, and create broad-based school programs to…

read more

Obama Education Appointees: Where Are They Now?

The Obama administration’s political appointees may have cleaned out their desks at the U.S. Department of Education and the White House six months ago or more. But that doesn’t mean that they have stopped working on K-12 policy.

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U.S. Department of Education Correspondence and Resources

U.S. Department of Education (ED) ESSA Web Page External link opens in new window or tab.

ESSA Guidance

ESSA Final Regulations

Assessment Final Regulations

Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting Final Regulations External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; Dated 28-Nov-2016)

ESSA Proposed Regulations

Supplement, Not Supplant under Title I Proposed Regulations External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 06-Sep-2016)

Title I, Part A: Assessments Proposed Regulations External link opens in new window or tab. (The final version of this set of regulations is available above, under “ESSA Final Regulations”)
Title I, Part B: Innovative Assessment Pilot Proposed Regulations External link opens in new window or tab. (The final version of this set of regulations is available above, under “ESSA Final Regulations”)

Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting Proposed Regulations External link opens in new window or tab. (The final version of this set of regulations is available above, under “ESSA Final Regulations”)

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