District of Columbia

Will ESSA Reduce States’ Accountability in Special Education? – Education Week

As unpopular as No Child Left Behind was by the time it was ushered off the stage in 2015, advocates for students with disabilities could always point to one aspect of the law that they liked: by requiring that test scores of different student groups be reported separately, the law exposed the low academic performance of students in special education and required schools to do something about it. [...]

SBOE Announces Third #ESSA Task Force Meeting

Washington, DC - The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its third Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Task Force meeting on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th Street NW. The twenty-nine members of the task force will continue the important work of devising education policy recommendations related to the District’s implementation of ESSA. More information about the work of the task force can be found at sboe.dc.gov/essa. [...]

Different City, Same Results: Students in DC who use vouchers to go to private schools do WORSE than their peers who don’t 

Students in the nation’s only federally funded school voucher initiative performed worse on standardized tests within a year after entering D.C. private schools than peers who did not participate, according to a new federal analysis that comes as President Trump is seeking to pour billions of dollars into expanding the private school scholarships nationwide. [...]

What Are the Long-Term Academic Goals in States’ ESSA Plans?

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, €”which replaced the previous version of the nation's main K-12 law—states have a lot of leeway in deciding what their long-term academic goals will be. That means that, unlike with the No Child Left Behind Act, there's no requirement that all states ensure that 100 percent of students are proficient on state English/language arts and math exams by a certain school year. [...]
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