“Public reporting is going to be very important, because state systems, like what goes into [calculating] letter grades for schools, are incredibly complex,” said Phillip Lovell.
“We’re not quite seeing the bold jump to innovation that we would like to see,” said Chip Slaven, a senior advocacy advisor for the Alliance for Excellent Education, which works to improve high schools.
Partnerships Help Milwaukee Schools Address ESSA In the NewsNovember 29, 2017
Partnerships with national service programs such as AmeriCorps are at the heart of success for Milwaukee Public Schools. As a recent webinar hosted by the Alliance for Excellent Education laid out, such collaborations can help districts implement plans for evidence-based school improvement under the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Illinois and North Dakota are the only other states that include student surveys in their ESSA accountability systems, though other states have explored the idea, says Phillip Lovell, vice president of government relations and policy development at the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Louisiana's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan receives national acclaim: According to an independent review by national advocacy groups, Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success, Louisiana's plan to comply with the federal ESSA (passed in 2015) presents a strong vision for students and sets high expectations. The Alliance for Excellent Education, published an analysis of the plan, calling it one of the "most promising" in the United States.
Parents of and advocates for students with disabilities met with interim State Superintendent Ed Richardson Wednesday to express concern that Alabama’s ESSA plan (Every Student Succeeds Act) does not hold schools to a high enough standard when it comes to the performance of special needs students with one parent describing her child's special education class as a "daycare."
If you've ever wondered what's going on in the minds of state leaders when it comes to education, some experts say looking at Pennsylvania's new education plan — which the state Department of Education submitted Monday to the federal government — could give parents and the public a clue.
Analysis: Strong Incentives for Academic Progress in New York’s Early ESSA Plan, But Goals Could Be More Ambitious Op-edAugust 28, 2017
“Some states have a lower n-size for reporting than they do for accountability,” said Phillip Lovell, vice president of policy development and government relations for the Alliance for Excellent Education. “We think the n-size for both should be low,” Lovell said, “but we definitely think the lower your n-size, the more accurate and actionable your data becomes.”
In passing a new school accountability law — the Every Student Succeeds Act — Congress gave states more latitude to decide how to use federal education funding, particularly in improving schools serving low-income students and English learners. What hasn’t changed is the requirement for nearly all students to take annual standardized tests — and for states to see that schools and districts comply.