College and Career Readiness: College Admissions Exam Scores as Indicators

The United States Secretary of Education has recently sent feedback to States that have submitted their plans required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). According to the new law, accountability plans must include academic indicators, such as annual assessments in English and math and other subjects, and non-academic indicators such as school quality. States [...]

The Health of Student Identity

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) increases the demand for more robust data reporting at the State and local level as part of Statewide accountability measures that aim to address the need for school improvement and to close student achievement gaps. Modern data reporting systems are crucial to carrying out the requirements of the new [...]

Educational Data & Federal Policy

ESSA’s State accountability systems are highly data-driven drilling down to student subgroups. Thus, ESSA’s data requirements address student data privacy and intersect with other Federal laws, namely, FERPA. This article examines the data sets required by ESSA, regulatory requirements for handling student information, and principles of best practice with regard to educational data. The upcoming [...]

Background on Former Legislation

NCLB came about as a result of growing achievement gaps in America’s public schools. With the intent to improve public education, NCLB required higher academic standards, established accountability measures based on academic test scores as well as the nationwide goal that all students in every school reach grade-level proficiency in reading and math by the [...]

TITLE I: Improving Basic Programs Operated by State and Local Educational Agencies

Purpose: “The purpose of this [TITLE I] is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.’’ (SEC. 1001. Title I Statement of Purpose, The Every Student Succeeds Act). Title I Funds Part A: LEA Grant 15,012,317,605Part B: State Assessments 378,000,000Part C: Migratory Children [...]

ESSA Essentials: The Basics on State Plans

ESSA Overview ESSA requires states to ensure that all students have access to effective teachers, a well-rounded education, safe learning environments, equitable access to educational technology and the necessary supports to be prepared for college, career, and life beyond the classroom. Under ESSA, states and districts set their own goals and to determine how they [...]

TITLE II: Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Principals, or Other School Leaders

Part A: Supporting Effective InstructionPurpose: The purpose of this program is to provide grants to State educational agencies and subgrants to local educational agencies in order to: increase student achievement consistent with challenging academic State standards improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals and other school leaders increase the number of teachers, principals and [...]

TITLE IV: 21ST Century Schools

TITLE IV consists of two block grant programs as well as grant and assistance programs that provide comprehensive support for students, strengthen parent and family engagement and support 21st-century learning in America’s schools. TITLE IV Part A consolidates 50 programs of NCLB into a more flexible block grant program under ESSA. TITLE IV PART A: [...]

TITLE V: State Innovation and Local Flexibility

Part A: Funding Transferability for State and Local Educational AgenciesPurpose: The purpose of TITLE V, Part A is not a separate program. The purpose of this part is to allow SEAs and LEAs flexibility in targeting Federal funding to the programs and activities that address the unique needs of states and local area. State Actions [...]