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Every Student Succeds Act (formerly, No Child Left Behind)

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 March. 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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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

ESSA Resources

(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.

School Leadership Interventions Under ESSA: Evidence Review
Rand Corporation (December 15) and...
Elevating School Leadership in ESSA Plans
Council of Chief State School Officers (December 15) - Related story.

High Stakes for Higher Schoolers - State Accountability in the Age of ESSA
Thomas B. Fordham Institute (November 15) Related report:  High Stakes for High Achievers - State Accountability in the Age of ESSA (August)

ESSA, Equity and Exploring Specific Student Populations (series of reports)
Education Commission of the States (November 3)

Understanding ESSA: 3 tips for educators to help shape education policy
Huffington Post (November 1)

Equality and Quality in American Education - Systemic Problems, Systemic Solutions
Education Policy Center at American Institutes for Research (October 24)

Advancing Equity Through ESSA: Strategies for State Leaders
Council of Chief State School Officers/Aspen Institute (October 24)

Web Site:  Every Student Succeeds Act
Educators for Higher Standards (October 18)

A New Era for the Arts in Education
Education Commission of the States (October 6)

Foundation for Excellence in Education (September 14)

The Every Student Succeeds Act
Ed Trust (Posted September 12)

High Stakes for High Achievers - Accountability in the Age of ESSA
Thomas B. Fordham Institute (September 8) Related report: High Stakes for High Schoolers (November 15)

re:VISION - The ESSA: Opportunities and Responsibilities
The Hunt Institute (September 2)

Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement with Introduction
Education Commission of the States (September 1)

ESSA: Quick Guides on Top Issues with Introduction
Education Commission of the States (September 1)

Georgia Accountability Fact Sheet
U.S. Chamber of Commerce (August 24)

ESSA: Quick Guides on Key Issues
Education Commission of the States (August 9)

Georgia DOE's ESSA web page (August 1)

Every Student Succeeds Act Web Site (provided by Collaborative for Student Success) - (June 23)

ESSA's Well-Rounded Education
Education Commission of the States (June)

U.S. Department of Education - Draft DOE regulations for ESSA (provided by EdSource)  (May 27)

Georgia Department of Education (statement from Superintendent Richard Woods on the reauthorization of ESEA)

Georgia Joins With Stakeholders to Develop ESSA Plan - July 22

Center On Education Policy

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 (see current headlines on the left side of this page).  Click here to sign up.


Policy Brief - ESSA and Evidence: Why It Matters
Chiefs for Change

ESSA incentivizes states to use evidence-based programs and interventions in districts and schools. Doing so will lead to stronger student outcomes at reasonable cost; not doing so throws dollars after uncertain or even negative outcomes for students and schools. (July 21) 

Wrap Around Services Still Worth It Even After Accounting for All Costs
Brookings Institute

There is a new consensus about the importance of addressing the out-of-school factors that interfere with students’ success in school. (July 21)

No More Free Lunch for Education Policy Makers and Researchers

The impact of ESSA on low-income students is still unknown. The Dept. of Education has not released official guidelines on how states should track student subgroups, including those from low-income families. (July 7)

Let's Get the Conversation Started:  Strategies, Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage With Stakeholders to Develop and Implement Their ESSA Plans
Council of Chief State School Officers / Education First

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is an opportunity for states to not only connect with current education advocates, but to seek out those who feel disconnected or who have not been historically engaged in a public education dialogue. Education First worked with the Council of Chief State School Officers and 15 national advocacy and civil rights groups to create this stakeholder engagement guide. Introduction. (June 29) 

Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement
Education Commission of the States

This report offers a framework for going beyond simply engaging stakeholders for input to collaborating with them to create shared goals and improved results. Introduction. (June 28) 

ESSA's Well Rounded Education
Education Commission of the States

This report reviews the components of ESSA’s prevalent “well-rounded education” concept and potential ways that states can support educational access for every student under this new law. Introduction. (June 27)

Four Approaches to ESSA Accountability
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Though it sometimes appears that Education Secretary John King didn't get the memo, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents a significant devolution of authority from the federal government to the states. (June 15)

Schools to Begin Monitoring Students from Military Families
Stars and Stripes

Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law. (June 1)

Making the Grade - A 50-State Analysis of School Accountability Systems
Center for American Progress

State accountability systems vary in complexity, and while the majority of states have surpassed the requirements of No Child Left Behind, nearly all states will need to make adjustments to comply fully with the Every Student Succeeds Act. Related article. (May 19)

The Arts Education Partnership, ESSA and a Well Rounded Education
Education Commission of the States

One of AEP’s current priorities is developing resources that support the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which opens several important opportunities for including the arts in U.S. classrooms. (May 13) 

Expanding Equity:  Leveraging the ESSA to Provide Direct Student Services
Chiefs for Change

This report is a kind of how-to-guide for states and districts interested in taking advantage of the chance to set aside 3 percent of statewide Title I funds for "direct student services." Related story. (May 2) 

Music Education and ESSA
National Association for Music Education

Many say it is a "new day" for music education under ESSA. (May 2)

Sen. Lamar Alexander on the nation's new education law and how it could shape Tennessee (and other states) schools
Chalkbeat Tennessee

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee has one underlying message to share about the federal education law he co-authored and co-sponsored last year in Congress: Leave decisions about schools up to local stakeholders. (April 28)

Pathways to New Accountability Through the Every Student Succeeds Act
Learning Policy Institute

The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with flexibility and the responsibility to design and implement new systems of accountability, support, and intervention. With the new law comes an opportunity. Introduction. (April 27)

Redesigning School Accountability and Support: Progress in Pioneering States
Learning Policy Institute

During 2015, a group of diverse states began to work together in a shared learning community to redesign their accountability systems so as to better support school improvement and students’ acquisition of deeper learning skills. Introduction. (April 27)

Draft ESSA regulations:  A mixed bag for educational excellence
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a “negotiated rulemaking” process whenever the Department of Education issues regulations under parts of the law pertaining to assessments, academic standards, and several other topics. (April 14)

The Every Student Succeeds Act: An ESSA Overview
Education Week

(Subscription may be required.) The Every Student Succeeds Act takes full effect in the 2017-18 school year. This review provides key elements of the law. (March 31)

State Actions to Advance Teacher Evaluation
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

What will happen to teacher evaluation in Georgia (and other states) under the Every Student Succeeds Act?  What actions can state departments of education take to improve the accuracy and value of teacher evaluation and feedback for educators, and local and state leaders?  Introduction. (February 2016)

Inside the Every Student Succeeds Act
Education Week

The year-end passage and signing of the Act represents more than just a rare bipartisan agreement on the part of the nation’s chronically polarized policymakers. For the first time in more than a decade—and a half-century after enactment of the country’s main K-12 law—Congress has redefined the federal role in elementary and secondary education. (January 2016)


Alexander: Federal Role On K-12 Will Be "Very Different" Under ESSA
Education Week

Attention U.S. Department of Education officials gearing up to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act: Get ready to raise your right hand and swear under oath. (You too, school district and state officials.) (December 2015)

How ESSA  will boost ed-tech funding
eSchool News

The Every Student Succeeds Act includes block grants intended for technology, among other uses. It also opens the door to new state testing systems. (December 2015)

New education law includes music as a core subject

The recently passed piece of legislation that replaces the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind, includes music as a core subject. (December 2015)

Why the New Education Law is Good for Children Left Behind
New York Times

The Every Student Succeeds Act shifts, for the first time since the Reagan years, the balance of power in education away from Washington and back to the states. That’s a welcome about-face. (December 2015) 

Leaving No Child Left Behind, Advocates Celebrate Obama's signing of Student Succeeds Act
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Assn., and Cornell Williams Brooks is CEO and president of the NAACP... The pair discuss the end of NCLB and their hopes for the new law. (December 2015) 

Georgia will decide school testing under changed federal law
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, the oft-criticized annual tests did not vanish, but states are no longer required to impose heavy sanctions on schools with poor scores. (December 2015)

Senate approves overhaul of No Child Left Behind Bill
New York Times

The Senate on Wednesday approved a sweeping revision of the contentious No Child Left Behind law, sending to President Obama’s desk a proposal that ends an era of federal control in education policy after 14 years. (December 2015) 

ESSA reauthorization continues a long federal retreat from American classrooms

Although many groups have lauded the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) because it abolishes the hated "No Child Left Behind” (NCLB), ESSA is less a “repeal” than another step in the federal retreat from the classroom and a testament to the continuing education exceptionalism in American politics. (December 2015) 

House votes to trim NCLB
Associated Press

The House voted overwhelmingly December 2 to scale back the federal role in American education. However, the bill would retain the testing requirement in the 2002 No Child Left Behind law that many parents, teachers and school districts abhor. (December 2015) 

Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, talks NCLB and Common Core
Collaborative for Student Success

Rep. John Kline says the bipartisan agreement reached in committee is a “huge win for conservatives.” “[NCLB was] just a mess,” explains Rep. Kline, but lawmakers “hammered out” a compromise that “fulfills all the principles we were trying to get on this side of the aisle… We have to empower parents with choice, we have to reduce the huge federal footprint in education.” (December 2015)

Opinion:  To my friends on the Left and Right: Please stop polarizing the ESEA debate
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

It’s finally here: Our best chance to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since its passage shortly after 9/11.  A whole generation of students has come and gone, yet our nation’s key education law remains the same. (July 2015) 

Education Reform: Don't Ditch Accountability
National Review

For decades, conservatives have generally followed two principles when it comes to federal K–12 education policy: Respect state and local control of schools, and demand improved academic achievement in exchange for federal funds. (July 2015)

Archived Issues of the Collaborative for Student Success' Weekly Advance (Back to August 2016)

(See left side for latest two issues.  Go here to sign up to receive the Advance.)

Headlines in the December 21 Advance:

Interview: ESSA and How to Develop Better Principals - The 74 Million
States Keep Their Focus on ESSA Implementation Mid Upheaval in D.C. and Beyond - The 74 Million
Final ESSA Rules Flesh Out Accountability, Testing Details - Education Week
In Some States a Tug of War Over ESSA Plans - Education Week
GOP Lawmakers Put ESSA Accountability, Teacher-Prep Regulations on Hit List - Education Week

Headline in the December 14 Advance:

Congress Faces Range of Issues in Next Session - Education Week

Headline in the December 7 Advance:

Does Trump Win Mean Honeymoon is Over for GOP, School Groups? - Education Week

Headlines in the November 30 Advance:

Education Under Trump:  Who Will Ride Shotgun? Who Will be Locked Out? - Education Week
What's Next in Education Post-Election? - Huffington Post

At Post-Election ESSA Conference, State Leaders Barely Mention Trump
Education Week
Headlines in the November 16 Advance:

Predictions on How Trump Administration Could Handle ESSA Rules - Education Week
ESSA Would Handcuff a Trump Education Secretary on Common Core and More - Education Week
Every Student Succeeds Act Under Trump: 5 Things to Watch - Education Week
Trump Set to Shift Gears on Civil Rights, ESSA Says a K-12 Transition Team Leader - Education Week
Trump Might Want to Scrap the Education Department; How Doable Is That? - Education Week

Headlines for November 9 Advance:

AFT vs. Everybody? Asking Whether Draft ESSA Rules Ban Forced Teacher Transfers - Education Week
New Details on ESSA Funding for Healthy, Safe, Well-Rounded Students - Education Week

Headlines in the November 2 Advance:

The results are in: Higher standards leading to better outcomes - Collaborative for Student Success
Little changes - The Economist
Final U.S. teacher-prep regs create data demands - Education Week

Headlines in the October 26 Advance:

The big problems with the Obama administration's new teacher-education regulations - Washington Post
See new details on ESSA funding for healthy, safe, well-rounded students - Education Week
Ed. Dept. releases guidance on early-learning support in ESSA - Education Week
4 ways how ESSA will change how schools serve ELL students - Education Dive

Headlines in the October 19 Advance:

The Homeless Student Population is Exploding.  Will Emphasis on Performance Save Them? - The 74 Million
There is 'Hope ESSA Will Bring Positive Changes to Classrooms' - Education Week Teacher
ESSA and Performance Assessments: Where States Go from Here - Education Week
Change the Odds With ESSA - New Teacher Center

Headlines in the October 12 Advance:

The Every Student Succeeds Act Will Fail - Boston Globe
The Most Important Takeaways from the Department of Education's ESSA Guidances - Education World

Headlines in the October 5 Advance:

Does ESSA Actually Require 95% Participation on State Assessments? - Education Week
A Blueprint for Keeping Homeless Kids in School - City Lab
Ed Dept. Guidance Covers Teacher Prep, Training and Recruitment - Education Dive
How Will Districts' Ed-Tech Strategies Change Under ESSA? -Ed Week Marketplace
Department of Education's Latest ESSA Guidance Focuses on Elevating the Teacher Profession -  Education World
What's in a Student Portfolio? Fishman Winners Weigh In On ESSA - TNTP Blog

Headlines in the September 28 Advance:

Giving Communities of Color a Voice in Reshaping Education - Black Press USA
Ed. Dept. Releases English-Language-Learner Guidance - Education Week
ESSA and English-Language-Learners - Politico
ESSA Testing Rules - The Public Weighs In - Education Week
A Ninja's Take on Education Policy: An Interview With Linda Darling-Hammond -Ed Surge
Flashpoints Emerge as States Step Up ESSA Planning - Education Week

Headlines in the September 21 Advance:

A Conservative K-12 Agenda: Ideas for the Next President - Education Week
School reform: What Went Right. What Went Wrong. What We Should Do in the Future - Washington Post
Leverage ESSA to Promote Professional Learning in Your District - Education Week Teacher
How Proposed Title 1 Changes Impact School Funding and EdTech Vendors - EdSurge
The Undervaluing of School Counselors - The Atlantic
Wall Street's New Way of Making Money from Public Education and Why It's a Problem - Washington Post
Encouraging Schools to use Title 1 Funds for the Arts - Education Week

Headlines in the September 14 Advance:

ESSA Raises Stakes in 2016 State-Level Elections - Education Week
Don't Fall Flat. Put the A in STEM. - Huffington Post
Arts Important to Education - Democrat & Chronicle
An Agenda for K-12 School Reform - National Review

Headlines in the September 7 Advance:

Obama's Education Law Rewrite - Wall Street Journal (subscription required)
Proposed ESSA Funding Rules Unveiled - Education Week

Headline in the August 31 Advance:
ESSA's Disputed Funding Rule: Comparing Older, Newer Education Department Language - Education Week
When it comes to spending, here's one other thing for you to consider: U.S. Department of Education guidance distributed to states in July 2015 about how federal money should be used as a supplement for school budgets.

Headline in the August 24 Advance:
ESSA and School Facility Conditions - Blog Report

Headlines in the August 17 Advance:
School Accountability is No Easy A - U.S. News & World Report
Counting 'Proficient' Students Creates Bad Accountability - Education Week
ESSA's Missing Link: Can Colleges Keep ESSA Afloat? - Education Week
States Move Toward Standardized Arts Tests - Education Week

Headlines in the August 10 Advance:
#AllKidsMatter: An Every Student Succeeds Agenda - Education Week
What does ESSA mean for ELLS? - Center on Standards, Alignment, Instruction and Learning

Headline in the August 3 Advance:
Bill Bennett: Conservatives, we have a rare opportunity to lead in education - Fox News