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Every Student Succeeds Act

Georgia will soon submit its Every Student Succeeds Act plan to the U.S. Department of Education for approval. The goal is to move every child successfully through the education pipeline to the graduation stage prepared to continue post-secondary education or enter the workforce.

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General Information

Every Student Succeeds Act web site

The Georgia Department of Education has submitted (September 18) the state's final ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education for approval.  Read it here.

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education president, Dr. Steve Dolinger, reviewed the Georgia plan and offered his organization's thoughts in this article in the September/October edition of James Magazine:  Changes Needed to Georgia's Plan for Education.  Find it on page 31.  Here is a relating story from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that includes comments from Dolinger: Testing remains key part of Georgia's education plan. (September 15)

The Better Standards for a Better Georgia Coalition held an in-depth review and working session of the Georgia Draft Plan to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  The attendees discussed the overall plan and looked at school and student accountability, as well as Georgia's school grading system.  You can view a short video summary of that session here, including comments from the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education's Policy and Research Director, Dr. Dana Rickman. (July 19)

ESSA Resources

The ESSA Opportunity for Assessment Literacy provided by The National Task Force on Assessment Education - Introduction. Relating article. (March 2)

Check the Better Standards for a Better Georgia General Resources page for numerous information pieces from multiple organizations.

Here's a great way to stay up to speed on ESSA developments thanks to the Collaborative for Student Success.  Their ESSA Weekly Advance provides the latest news. Click here to sign up.

(Video - 2 minutes) 5 Things to Know about America's New Education Law - Every Student Succeeds Act
74 Million (January 16)

What is the Difference Between ESSA and NCLB? (Scroll down to the 3+ minute video)
Education Week (January 19)

Quality Counts Report
Education Week (January 4)

The 21st edition examines what states and districts are doing to make ready for the Every Student Succeeds Act's implementation, and offers state-by-state grades for how the nation's schools are faring on a range of educational measures.

2016

ESSA Webinar Hosted by the Better Georgia Coalition - December 6
If you missed the Better Standards for a Better Georgia ESSA Coalition event, you may now review the presentation here:

Audio Recording of the Webinar
Webinar PowerPoint
ESSA Scorecard
Analysis of Georgia's Current School Accountability Measures - The Center for State and Local Finance - Georgia State University
ESSA Overview and Indicators PowerPoint

Check the ESSA Archive page for earlier resource items.

Key ESSA Messages

There are multiple groups that have a stake in the success of ESSA.  What are those groups and what are the key messages they should consider about the Act?

Multiple group messaging:

  • Georgia's future relies on all of our young people receiving a high quality education... Unfortunately, too many of our students don't have access to the high-quality education they need.  This is particularly true for low-income students and students of color.
  • It is urgent we work to close this achievement gap. Over the past several years, Georgia has worked hard to improve our schools by making investments in efforts that create high academic standards, high-quality assessments aligned to those standards, and ways to ensure that schools are serving all students well. And we've seen some progress.

Educators

  • Unfortunately, too many of our students still don't have access to the high-quality education they need.  This is particularly true for low-income students and students of color.
  • Georgia is working on its plan on how to improve our schools and support our teachers so that we can build on our recent progress and better serve all our students.
  • Educators have invaluable insights as to the best ways to help their students succeed, and so it's crucial that you make your voices heard as Georgia develops and implements this plan.  For example, we have the opportunity to make sure the plan gives teachers the power and flexibility to modify lessons based on how their students learn.
  • We all have responsibility to come together to move education in Georgia forward - rather than backtracking - to help ensure that our schools are strong bridges to opportunity so all students can succeed in college and beyond.

Business Leaders

Georgia Department of Education is currently writing its ESSA plan and will submit it to U.S. DOE in September.  There will be a public comment time.  As a business leader, you can make your voice heard and help ensure this plan truly prepares students for success in the workforce.

  • We all have the responsibility to come together to move education forward - rather than backtracking - to help ensure our schools are strong bridges to opportunity so all young Georgians are ready to become tomorrow's teachers, innovators, workers and business and civic leaders.

Policymakers

  • Congress has shifted the responsibility of educating our children to our state and local communities.  Now, Georgia is taking the lead on deciding how to improve our schools and prepare our students for success and college and the workforce.
  • Over the past several years, Georgia has been working hard to help all our students have the quality teachers, high expectations, and support they need to graduate from high school ready to succeed in college and careers.  We've seen great signs of progress.
  • Now it's up to all Georgians to build on our progress by staying the course with our investments in high academic standards, high-quality assessments aligned to those standards, and ways to ensure that schools are serving all our students well.
  • Here in Georgia we're proud to have strong communities and strong communities create strong schools.  Under ESSA, our local communities - including education leaders, policymakers, parents, teachers and business and civic leaders - must come together now to improve our schools.

Parents

  • Parents' involvement and voices are crucial parts of a high-quality education.  Most parents, some juggling multiple jobs, are working incredibly hard to take care of their children and want them to succeed in high school and beyond.
  • Unfortunately, too many students and families don't have access to a high-quality education .  This is particularly true for low-income students and students of color.
  • Georgia is working on its ESSA plan to ensure hard-working students and parents - regardless of their circumstances - don't fall through the cracks.  This plan will be aimed at strengthening schools and teachers so that they can give families the support they need to be successful. Look for the plan and an opportunity to comment this summer.
  • All Georgians have a responsibility to move education forward - rather than backtracking - to help ensure that our schools are strong bridges to opportunity so all students are able to gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in high school and beyond.