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Georgia is now in the process of constructing its Every Student Succeeds Act plan that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education for approval in September. 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

The Georgia Department of Education ended the public review and comment period (July 14) of its ESSA plan.  Check the June 15 DOE press release for more on the plan.

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)

Public Feedback (2016): Here are some details provided by Georgia's Department of Education that highlight information gathered from the state-wide ESSA feedback sessions conducted last year.  The state ESSA plan will be completed and submitted to U.S. DOE in September.

Rating the Ratings - Analyzing the First 17 ESSA Accountability Plans
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This report examines whether states are making the most of the moment and seizing the opportunity offered by ESSA to design improved school ratings. Related article from The 74:  New report (happily) finds states moving beyond NCLB limitations with new education plans. (July 27)

Making the Most of ESSA: Opportunities to Advance STEM Education - A Review of ESSA Plans for Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
Education First

High-quality STEM education is necessary to grow our economy, meet work-force needs and inspire young minds; ESSA provides states an opportunity to drive their STEM education forward.  This report looks at the 17 state plans already submitted and identifies their STEM priorities. Introduction. (July 24)

ESSA: How Strong Are State Plans on School Improvement?
Education Week

After years of federal government direction on school turn around plans, schools and districts are now being given much more latitude in their efforts.  Several states have submitted their ESSA plans.  So, how did they do on their school improvement plans? (July 19)

State ESSA Plans: BS or Reform's BFF?
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

This podcast features Fordham's Mike Petrilli and Alyssa Schwenk is discussion with Chad Adelman to review state ESSA plans. (July 7)

4 Helpful Things Every Person in Every State Should Know About ESSA
BuzzFeed

The Every Student Succeeds Act may sound like a snoozefest but read on to make the Founding Fathers proud - Happy Birthday America! (July 3)

Check State Plans. How Does Your State Measure Up?
Collaborative for Student Success

Pick a category to learn about key components of state plans to improve education - and see how Georgia measures up with its proposed plan. Bellweather Education Partners has also issued an ESSA review:  An Independent Review of State Plans. (June 27) 

ESSA Resources to Make Data Work for Students 
Data Quality Campaign

As states continue to craft their ESSA plans, the Data Quality Campaign has created multiple resources that will be helpful to all stakeholders. (June 21)

ESSA: 50-State Roll Call
The 74 Million

This resource provides updates on where every state is on their ESSA plan that has been or will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education for approval.  Georgia's plan is being finalized and will be submitted in September. (June 21)

ESSA: Mapping Opportunity for the Arts
Education Commission of the States

This special report highlights the ways states and districts can engage the arts in the ongoing work of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Introduction. (June 9)

States Can and Must Include Post Secondary Enrollment Data on Report Cards
Data Quality Campaign

Most states publicly report postsecondary enrollment data, but few make that information easily available on their school report cards. When this information is scattered across websites, it is more difficult to find and harder for people to understand. Introduction. (May 29)

Policy Analysis - Charter School Accountability Under ESSA
Education Commission of the States

This education Policy Analysis provides a brief overview of school accountability over the past several years, and then discusses how the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA’s) accountability provisions apply to charter schools. (May 15)

ESSA So Far: One Year Analysis of Media Coverage, State Activity and Expert Commentary
Collaborative for Student Success

Over the past year the Collaborative for Student Success has been paying close attention to everything happening at the federal and state level around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – as well as what experts and advocacy groups have been saying. Introduction. (May 2)

As states submit ESSA plans, policymakers must design responsible school rating systems
Brookings Brown Center Chalkboard

Is it possible to summarize a school’s performance, fairly and accurately, with a single rating? Schools are complex organizations that serve a variety of purposes, and measuring their progress toward these goals is notoriously tricky. (April 19)

Leveraging ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Completion
Higher Ed for Higher Standards

The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides a tremendous opportunity for states to deepen and catalyze the partnerships between their K–12 and higher education systems. (April 14)

ESSA: Six questions to ask about state plans
Education Week

This is a preliminary list of questions to ask as you go through plans for your favorite state, or states. (April 3)

The Latest Update on ESSA and the New Congress, Administration
ExcelinEd

On March 9, Congress exercised its authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the accountability regulations implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that were issued by the Obama Administration. This unprecedented act may raise some questions for states, which this update attempts to answer. (March 14)

40 ESSA Rules Endangered by Republicans' Repeal Efforts
Thomas B. Fordham Institute (February 27)

Trump and Congress will repeal Obama's ESSA rules. Why that matters and what you should follow.
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

On February 7, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 234-190 to roll back regulations created under President Obama that interpret the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The measure now goes to the Senate, where it’s likely to pass and then to President Trump, who has promised to sign it. (February 21)

ESSA Thinkers Meeting Insights: Process is Key to Developing State Plans
Education Commission of the States

In December 2016, ECS convened 12 policy experts and reps from state education agencies (SEAs), legislatures, governors’ offices and state boards of education to discuss key policy issues in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how states can use changes in federal law to achieve their education goals. Introduction. (January 30)

ESSA Resources

2017

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.

Every Student Succeeds Website

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.