The 74’s Carolyn Phenicie has been covering the passage and implementation of the law, including the ways in which Donald Trump’s victory on election night scrambles federal election policy. A handful of recent links on how ESSA took shape, and what it means for educators and policymakers across the country now drafting their own plans:
Looking for a quick guide on how ESSA may affect your state’s schools? Here are the five top things to know:
1. ESSA reduces Washington’s authority over school decisions and gives it back to the states and local districts.
2. States must still give standardized tests every year and report the results, including for specific groups like English-language learners.
3. ESSA requires states to have challenging academic standards, but Washington cannot dictate what those standards are.
4. School accountability systems must now include a non-academic measure, like chronic absenteeism, in addition to statistics like test scores and graduation rates.
5. ESSA requires states to intervene in their lowest-performing districts.