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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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On the Agenda

 

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




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Gauging School Climate

As school buildings reopen after weeks of pandemic-induced closures, school climate will matter more than ever. State policymakers and education leaders can plan now to create safe, supportive learning environments ready for the return of students and teachers to classrooms. The articles in The Standard provide a roadmap.
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Preparing Facilities for Students’ Return in the Wake of COVID-19

To reopen schools, they need to be clean and safe for students, educators, and staff. What state leaders need to consider as they issue guidance for schools.
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Continued Learning during COVID-19

States are issuing guidance with an eye toward equity to help schools implement continuous learning for all students and adapt to a variety of needs and circumstances amidst widespread school closures from COVID-19.

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From the States

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    The usage of vaping products among middle school students has increased at alarming rates. Federal and state policymakers are addressing this crisis, including in Kansas, where the state board of education acted quickly to engage stakeholders on curbing youth vaping.