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September 2017Volume 17, No. 3
Building on State ESSA Plans


This September, 34 states are submitting their plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to the U.S. Department of Education, as 17 did earlier in the year. As these plans are reviewed, revised, and rolled out, states will face challenges in ensuring the implementation of their plans keeps faith with the spirit of ESSA. The new issue of NASBE’s award-winning journal, The State Education Standard, looks at ways states can build upon their ESSA plans to ensure all students receive an excellent education.

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News & Notes

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Students Can’t Wait: Promoting Equity and Improvement through ESSA
State boards should eye their state plans through an equity lens.
By Ryan Smith and Lillian Lowery

Plotting a New Course on Teacher Preparation Reform
Three steps state boards can take to encourage teacher preparation programs to improve.
By Ashley LiBetti Mitchel and Chad Aldeman

Advancing Equity in Illinois’s ESSA Plan
With its fingerprints already planted on its state plan, one advocacy group looks ahead to an ongoing role in ESSA implementation.
By Ginger Ostro

Helping Districts Build Great Schools through Great Engagement
District plans are where the rubber meets the road, and states can give counsel on engaging stakeholders.
By Molly Mauer

Transparency on College and Career Readiness: How Does Your State Measure Up?
Data transparency is a prerequisite to ensuring K-12 students are prepared for their next steps.
By Sandra Boyd




Featured Items

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States Make Plans for Reopening

In anticipation of the 2020–21 school year, states have been creating and updating guidance for district and school reopening plans. Several trends emerge.
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Remote Learning in Early Childhood

If online learning is not designed with early childhood in mind, many children will not be able to build a strong foundation for their education and will fail to establish the structure and routines that learning requires.
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Six Questions State Boards Should Ask to Foster Effective Digital Learning

The COVID-19 pandemic has illuminated and exacerbated gaps implementing online learning effectively for all students. State boards can ask questions to better assess technology use in their states.

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