What Educators Need To Know About ESSA
Posted on 06/21/2016
No Child Left Behind, the 2002 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, had many nicknames among educators, including: "No Teacher Left Standing," "No Lawyer Left Unemployed," "No Child’s Behind Left." All were expressions of frustration with the law’s arbitrary, unrealistic expectations and its disregard for the expertise of professional educators.
Draft ESSA Regulations Would Speed Accountability Transition
Posted on 06/14/2016
In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking released last week, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) challenges the general understanding States and local educational agencies (LEAs) have had regarding the timeline for transition to new accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
New Interventions - and New Timelines - Under ESSA
Posted on 02/09/2016
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by the President last month, States will have to craft new accountability and intervention systems. While the concept of identifying schools for intervention based on performance is not new, ESSA modifies the current system and sets up two tiers of interventions and support based on new timelines.
President Signs ESEA Rewrite, Giving States, Districts Bigger Say on Policy
Posted on 12/15/2015
For the past quarter century, federal education policy has been moving in one direction: toward standards-based education redesign, a greater reliance on standardized tests, and bigger role for Washington when it comes to holding schools accountable for student results.
Bicameral Conference Group Approves ESEA Compromise
Posted on 12/03/2015
In two days of short meetings punctuated by votes in the House and Senate, a bipartisan group of conferees agreed on a framework for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Despite months of delays in both chambers, the conference committee moved quickly – meetings began the same day conferees were appointed in the Senate, and only 11 members offered amendments. The framework, dubbed the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” was approved by all but one of the 40 conferees, with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) as the only “no” vote.
Nine Associations Urge Congress to Reauthorize ESEA
Posted on 11/16/2015
Nine associations joined together to express the urgency for Congress to reauthorize the Elementary & Secondary Education Act (ESEA). As you know, it is long overdue. There are good solid beginnings in both houses of Congress, but immediate action must be taken to ensure that this momentum is not lost and the work begun is finished. The letter resulting from our combined association work is below.
Maine Department of Education awarded flexibility from Feds
Posted on 08/14/2015
AUGUSTA – The Maine Department of Education received a three-year waiver allowing flexibility regarding specific requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001(NCLB), whose reauthorization was recently debated and is being revised in our nation’s capital.