This is the fourth in a series of blog posts that will look at the changes made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new federal law that replaces No Child Left Behind, and what they might mean for Wisconsin schools.
The ESSA maintains the requirement for annual reporting of achievement test data disaggregated by subgroups of children, including low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and English-language learners.
A change under ESSA is that, in addition, data will also have to be disaggregated by students’ status as migrants (children of migratory families), as homeless, and as children in foster care.
States will also have to report on the performance of students from military-connected families; however, this is a reporting requirement only, and will not be part of the state’s accountability system. To meet this new requirement it is likely school districts will have to add a data element to their current student database and a “check box” on enrollment forms that military family parents can voluntarily fill out.
Next… Teacher Training, Professional Development and Evaluation under ESSA.