The enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has changed the course of education policy in the country and states now have more flexibility to design and implement policy plans that best meet the needs of their students and communities. As ESSA eases federal control over education policy in individual states, education leaders and policymakers have questions regarding how the new law will impact the development and implementation of state-specific plans.
A new report from Education Commission of the States, ESSA: Quick guides on top issues, provides insight into key areas of ESSA that have prompted questions and concerns from states as they prepare to implement this new law. This report outlines ESSA requirements and explores issues from assessment to low-performing schools.
“We’ve heard from education leaders and policymakers who are trying to understand what the new federal education law means for them,” said Julie Woods, a policy analyst in the K-12 Institute at Education Commission of the States. “This report can help provide the foundation for informed decision-making on key issues as states move forward with ESSA.”
The ten ESSA issues explored in this report include:
Assessment Participation and Opt-Outs
Innovation Assessment Pilot
Indicators of School Quality or Student Success
English Learners and Accountability
Supporting Low-Performing Schools
Teachers and School Leaders
Title I’s Supplement-Not-Supplant Provision
Title IV - 21st Century Schools
For questions, contact Education Commission of the States Communications Director Amy Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org (303) 299.3609.
Additional ECS Resources
Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement This report offers a framework for going beyond simply engaging stakeholders for input to collaborating with them to create shared goals and improved results.