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Why Numbers Matter Under ESSA In the News

June 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 News

June 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.

ESSA Wonk Alert: Can ED Set a Maximum ‘N’ Size? And What Should It Be? In the News

June 08, 2016

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.)

More than Half of U.S. States Risk Ignoring Academic Needs of Many Students, New Report Finds Press Release

June 08, 2016

The academic needs of large numbers of African American and Latino students, students from low-income families, English language learners, students with disabilities, and other groups of traditionally underserved students in twenty-seven states and the District of Columbia could be ignored under a new proposal from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), according to a new report by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Gov. Bob Wise: Implementation of New Education Law Must Sharpen Focus on Traditionally Underserved Students and Nation’s Lowest-Performing High Schools Press Release

January 11, 2016

During this morning’s U.S. Department of Education (ED) public meeting on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise praised high school reform provisions within ESSA, but urged ED to clarify the law’s focus on traditionally underserved students and the nation’s lowest-performing high schools.

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