Using Title I to Promote Deeper Learning
Noah Bookman, Chief Strategy Officer, California Office to Reform Education (CORE)
Rick Miller, Executive Director, CORE
Samantha Patel, Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress
Winsome Waite, PhD, Vice President of Policy to Practice, Alliance for Excellent Education
On September 27, the Alliance and the Center for American Progress held a Webinar on the potential to use Title I to promote Deeper Learning. This webinar addressed how states can use resources provided by the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) to implement deeper learning practices in schools and school districts.
As states prepare to implement ESSA, state and local policymakers and district and school leaders can use deeper learning as the framework from which to design their plans to meet the ESSA requirements. The requirements and resources provided by three sources of funding within the law are particularly salient: Title I, Title II, and Title IV.
For example, Title I can be used to emphasize deeper learning, as that pot of funding focuses on standards, assessment, and accountability. Specifically , the law requires learning standards to measure higher-level skills—deeper learning—and provides flexibility on assessing these skills and measuring student performance. Funds can also be used in support of rigorous course work that allows students to earn postsecondary credit while still in high school.
The webinar also shared information about the use of Title I funds by the California Office to Reform Education (CORE) districts. CORE’s school quality improvement system provides educators a complete picture of schools’ academic progress by showcasing state and locally-developed data in a way that is unique and innovative.
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