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Public Feedback: Here are some recent (January 20) 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 not be completed and submitted to U.S. DOE until at least September but much depends on guidance from the new administration. Once the plan is crafted, there will be an opportunity for the public to comment:
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)
Check the Better Standards for a Better Georgia General Resources page for numerous information pieces from multiple organizations.
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.
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
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 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.