November 20, 2018 01:41 pm
While federal law has required states to identify and intervene in struggling schools for years, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) promised a reset, allowing states to reimagine their school rating and identification systems and giving districts and schools more control over improvement strategies. There is reason to be optimistic. But the authority in ESSA does not guarantee better results; rather, it gives education leaders more flexibility and creativity to solve one of the nation’s most intractable problems—improving (deplorably low) outcomes for underserved students. We do not know yet how many states will seize this opportunity to demand bold action from districts, but a handful of states already are leading the way.
Every Student Succeeds Act