ESSA Update

It has been some time since we last checked in on the status of the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. States have experienced a number of hurdles in transitioning from less federal control to greater state and local autonomy in setting their education policy. In theory, the state plans submitted for ESSA would lay the groundwork for implementation of the requirements for federal compliance for accountability, school improvement and more transparency however, enacting those has proven to be difficult. Some states have made headway while others struggle to innovate and implement solutions to improve education. A recent Education Week article provides an overview of these issues and is offering an online summit on May 14th to help educate and inform those interested on the status of the law’s rollout. We here at EdGate have surmised ESSA requirements for accountability may have contributed to our noticeable increase in states looking to have content correlations reviewed by a third party. We continue to keep watch over the news to see how implementation is evolving and will keep you up to date as the roll out continues. Stay tuned and see below for a few interesting articles on ESSA.

By: Jen Larson
Project Manager