Exclusive: The 29 Experts Joining Forces to Give State ESSA Plans a Harder Accountability Look In the NewsApril 06, 2017
State plans to carry out the Every Student Succeeds Act will be getting a second — and perhaps tougher — look. Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success have assembled a group of advocates, education experts, and former state officials to independently review the first round of ESSA plans submitted in early April, apart from the required federal process.
States Get Leeway on Naming ‘Dropout Factories’ In the NewsApril 04, 2017
A recent move by Congress has quietly opened a loophole that could allow states to avoid publicly identifying some of their high school “dropout factories” for intervention and support. It happened last month when Congress voted to dissolve accountability regulations written by the Obama administration for the Every Student Succeeds Act. With his signature, President Donald Trump finalized that move March 28.
Gov. Bob Wise Objects to Congressional Plan to Limit Accountability for States and Schools Press ReleaseFebruary 02, 2017
This morning, Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives education committee introduced a resolution to rescind accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), an action that would remove important safeguards for students. In response, Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia, released the following statement.
The Alliance for Excellent Education, a national education policy and advocacy organization that focuses on the needs of underserved high schoolers, has released five Next-Generation High School toolkits to help districts understand how the Every Student Succeeds Act can and will impact schools.
A new series of toolkits designed to help administrators meet next-generation high school standards has been released by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a national education policy and advocacy organization for underserved secondary school students.
Alliance for Excellent Education Releases Toolkits for School Leaders on Opportunities Within ESSA to Transform High Schools Press ReleaseSeptember 12, 2016
Why Numbers Matter Under ESSA In the NewsJune 22, 2016
Reports are continually released that reveal that in all states, African American students, English language learners, and students living in poverty are underserved. They attend schools that have the least qualified, most inexperienced teachers; the worst physical facilities; and the fewest resources. Although education has been termed the great equalizer, there is nothing equal about education in the United States. And now a new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education reveals a way that states can easily subvert the purposes of the ESSA: by keeping their n-sizes too high.
Technology’s Role in the New ESSA In the NewsJune 15, 2016
For years, the promise of technology has been realized in classrooms across the country. Finally, federal education policy will support such practice. With the President’s signature in December of 2015, No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The difference between the two laws is similar to the difference between the Commodore 64 and the iPhone 6 plus. Under ESSA, and based on feedback from virtually the entire scope of K-12, accountability systems will finally rely on more than test scores, and school improvement policy will no longer be dictated from Washington, D.C., as significant power has been returned to the state and local levels. Similar to NCLB, federal emphasis will remain on equity – providing additional resources and support to those who have traditionally been underserved so that all students will be prepared for success in their future.
The U.S. Department of Education's proposed accountability regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act would let too many English-language learners, students in special education, minorities, and disadvantaged slip through the cracks, according to a report for the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy organization. The proposed regulations allow states to pick any "n" size, or minimum number of students from a particular group that a school would have to have for that group to count for accountability purposes. But the draft rules say if it states want to go above 30, they must justify it. (Thirty is currently a middle-of-the-road "n" size according to this report from the department.)