General Resources

Georgia’s ESSA plan has been approved! (January 19) Here are the details:  U.S. Department of Education. Georgia Department of Education. Macon Telegraph. Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Check an analysis of all state ESSA plans: Check state plans (posted December 12). The Collaborative for Student Success has a relating 1-minute video.  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. Other stories:  The 74, Education Week, Politico.

The Georgia Department of Education submitted its ESSA plan September 18 to the U.S. Department of Education for approval.  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 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 is also quoted in this Atlanta Journal-Constitution story: Testing remains key part of Georgia’s education plan.

Although there remains some discussion around Common Core topics, much of the conversation has shifted to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  What is it and what does it mean for public education?  Following are a number of resources that will help you better understand this new legislation.

Do you want to review the state plans?  Here are several resources to do just that:  This is provided by the publication The 74 MillionEvery Student Succeeds Act – A 50-State Roll Call  (June 21). Here’s another from The 74 Million:  Interactive: How Far Every State Has Gone To Update Education Policies Under ESSA (July 19). Collaborative for Student Success has also provided a review of the state plans:  Check State Plans – How Does Your State Measure Up  (June 27). Here is another one from Bellweather Education PartnersAn Independent Review of State ESSA Plans (June 27). Here is a Macon Telegraph story about the Georgia plan: Shift From High-Stakes Student Testing Part of ESSA Plan (July 3). The Thomas B. Fordham Institute has contributed this (July 7):  State ESSA Plans: Just BS, or Reform’s BFF? .  This from Education Week:  ESSA How Strong Are State Plans on School  Improvement? (July 19) Education First has issued this report:  Making the Most of ESSA: Opportunities to Advise STEM Education – A Review of ESSA Plans for Innovations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (introduction). (July 24) The Thomas B. Fordham Institute has issued their review:  Rating the Ratings – Analyzing the First 17 ESSA Accountability Plans. (July 27)

The Better Standards for a Better Georgia Coalition held a working session this summer to discuss Georgia’s draft plan to implement ESSA in the state.  This video of the session provides an in-depth look at schools, student accountability, and our state’s grading system with recommendations from panelists and audience members.

Georgia Department of Education
ESSA: Developing a Plan For Georgians, By Georgians

- The Submitted Plan (September 18)

Council of State School Officers

- ESSA Resources
Advancing Equity Through ESSA: Strategies for State Leaders
Developing a Comprehensive State Plan Pursuant to the ESSA
Let’s Get This Conversation Started: Strategies, Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage With Stakeholders to Develop and Implement Their ESSA Plans

- The ESSA Opportunity for Assessment Literacy with introduction and related story.

Data Quality Campaign
- ESSA Resources to Make Data Work for Students

Education Commission of the States
- ESSA Thinkers Meeting Insights: Process is Key to Developing State Plans
- Policy Analysis – Charter School Accountability Under ESSA
- ESSA: Mapping Opportunity for the Arts
- ESSA: Quick Guides on Top Issues
- ESSA Resources
- ESSA’s Well-Rounded Education

The Education Trust
ESSA Resources: Students Can’t Wait
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
ESSA Information Page

Education Week
Six Questions to Ask About State Plans


- Update published March 14: “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.  

Higher Ed for Higher Standards
- Leveraging ESSA to Increase College Readiness and Completion

National Conference of State Legislators
ESSA Information and Resources
A Primer: Every Student Succeeds Act
Federal Education Update Atlanta Meeting NCSL
Summary of ESSA

Learning Policy Institute
Equity and ESSA: Executive Summary

Foundation for Excellence in Education (Excel in Ed)
The Every Student Succeeds Act Information Page
ESSA Playbook – Implementing School Interventions in Georgia

Hunt Institute
Resource Page
Opportunities and Responsibilities
School Accountability Under ESSA
Assessments and ESSA
Low-Performing Schools and ESSA
ESSA and Teacher Policies

The Collaborative for Student Success
- Check State Plans. How Does Your State Measure Up?
- ESSA So Far: One Year Analysis of Media Coverage, State Activity and Expert Opinion
- ESSA State Activity
- Summary of State ESSA Tours Underway
ESSA Advance Weekly Newsletter. Sign Up.  Current ESSA information delivered to your inbox.

ESSA Overview
State Roadmap
Local Roadmap
Parent Roadmap

Thomas B. Fordham Institute

- 40 ESSA rules endangered by Republicans’ appeal efforts
Trump and Congress will repeal Obama’s ESSA rules: Why that matters and what you should follow

Here is something new (August 29) from Education Week:  Confused About Where Your State’s ESSA Plan Stands? We Are Here to Help.

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