The higher standards being implemented across the U.S. continue to generate a wealth of discussion. Daily there are articles appearing in a variety of news sources. We try to capture many of the best and post them here – pro and con arguments. The clips go back three months. The name “Common Core” is not used much any more although you will still see it on occasion. Georgia’s label for its higher standards is Georgia Standards of Excellence. The focus is changing to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). States, including Georgia, have either developed their plans or are in the process of developing them. Our state will on submit its ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education in September (see below). By visiting this page regularly you will be able to keep up with the latest headlines and developments as they pertain to ESSA and/or the implementation of higher standards in Georgia and U.S. classrooms.
Check an analysis of all state ESSA plans: Check state plans (posted December 12). Check this 1-minute informational video from the Collaborative for Student Success. Here’s another short (fun!) video from the Collaborative… Can a Republican and Democrat agree on the value of the ESSA? What do you think? More state plan feedback. Related stories: The 74, Education Week, Politico.
After a period of public comment last year, the Georgia Department of Education submitted its ESSA plan to the U.S. DOE for approval September 18. Read it here. Here is the first external review of the state’s plan we have seen: Georgia’s education plan gets mixed reviews (November 14). The Thomas B. Fordham Institute has published this report that gives Georgia high marks for its plan (one of the top seven rated states): Rating the Ratings – An analysis of the 51 ESSA Accountability Plans. More from the authors.
Georgia Public Broadcasting’s On Second Thought October 2 featured the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s Dr. Dana Rickman, policy and research director, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution education reporter, Ty Tagami, in a discussion about ESSA and testing issues with show host Celeste Headlee. Catch the interview between 2:52 – 13:58.
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education president, Dr. Steve Dolinger, reviewed the Georgia plan and offered his organization’s thoughts in this James Magazine article: Changes Needed to Georgia’s Plan for Education. Find the commentary on page 31. Dolinger was also quoted in this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article: Testing remains a key part of Georgia’s education plan.
ESSA is the replacement for the law commonly known as No Child Left Behind. Learn more about ESSA on the General Resources page of this web site and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education’s web site. Here’s a video from the 74 Million that serves as a quick ESSA tutorial: 5 Things to Know About America’s New Education Law, the Every Student Succeeds Act.
The Collaborative for Student Success publishes a weekly ESSA update that provides current reports, news articles and what states are doing. You can subscribe here. Check out the Collaborative’s ESSA web site.
The state’s third test scores based on the higher standards Milestones assessments were released in July 2017. The scores showed progress. Here are several media reports: WABE-Radio – Georgia Students Improve on State Issued Tests; Georgia Public Broadcasting – Modest Improvement in Georgia’s High-Stakes Test; Atlanta Journal-Constitution – Latest Scores Show Math Gains But Overall Improvement Remains Elusive. The bottom line: We are seeing improvement. Stay the course with the new higher standards!
The Collaborative for Student Success has provided a recap of three national polls that shows consistent results: Support for high, consistent standards – by any name – remains strikingly strong. Here’s the story. Here is another new study (February 2016) published by Harvard that is further proof the higher standards are getting results: Teaching Higher – Educators’ Perspectives on Common Core Implementation.
Higher Ed for Higher Standards has a series of reports on ESSA that they say “provides a tremendous opportunity for states to deepen and catalyze the partnerships between the K-12 and higher education systems: Leveraging ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Completion.
Student Data Privacy is an issue not only in Georgia but nationally. Here are a couple resources to increase your knowledge: The Foundation for Excellence in Education has created a PDF document that will help. Visit their web site then click on the “Policy Summary: Student Data Privacy: Building a Trusted Environment.” Here is a quick FAQs page courtesy of the Data Quality Campaign.