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What’s at Stake for Schools in ESSA Implementation? (Part 3, State Report Cards)

Today we continue a several-part analysis of what decisions the state and local districts will need to make to implement the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Our first post covered some of the basics of the new law; the second examined the decisions ESSA requires states must make as they develop state accountability plans. We now look at decisions surrounding state report cards and other topics areas where the state must make decisions.

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What’s at Stake for Schools in ESSA Implementation? (Part 2, State Accountability Plans)

With DPI listening sessions about to begin, we continue a several-part analysis of what decisions the state and local districts will need to make to implement the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Our first post covered some of the basics of the new law. In this post, we delve into more detail on the decisions ESSA requires states must make.

States play a unique role in ESSA implementation. School leaders should examine state-level Title I decisions with an eye toward how they will impact your district at a local level as well as for opportunities for collaboration and consensus building.

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A Look at State Accountability Plans Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

This is the second 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.

Effective with the 2017-18 school year, under the ESSA states must have in place state accountability plans that, among other things: Continue reading A Look at State Accountability Plans Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Gov. Walker Talks K-12 Education on the Campaign Trail in New Hampshire

From WisPolitics.com

Governor Walker, speaking during the New Hampshire Education Summit, told host and journalist Campbell Brown his focus as president would be to shift the power and money for education from Washington to the states. His health care rhetoric in recent days hit a similar anti-Washington note.

Moving control of education from the federal government, he said, would “empower the states to go out and be innovators.” He did not say specifically how he would he would make those changes if elected president. “Making that sort of move is going to take a fair amount of conversation,” he said.

And if that conversation means challenging his own party, if necessary, on topics such as No Child Left Behind, then OK. The governor said he “appreciates the intent behind it,” but considers NCLB another education barrier preventing states from taking control. “The best of intentions,” Walker said, “always build into something else out there.” Continue reading Gov. Walker Talks K-12 Education on the Campaign Trail in New Hampshire

New Policy Information Available from WASB on New Academic Standards Notice Requirement

The WASB Policy Services team has just posted a Q & A sheet regarding the new Academic Standards notice requirements on the “Hot Policy Topics” page on the WASB website.  These notice requirements were enacted as part of the 2015-17 state budget (2015 Wisconsin Act 55). The Q & A sheet provides guidance to boards with respect to how to identify the subject matter of this new requirement as an agenda item within a board meeting notice.  It also provides suggestions on how to frame the motion the board may adopt with respect to this agenda item. Continue reading New Policy Information Available from WASB on New Academic Standards Notice Requirement

New State Budget Requires Prompt School Board Action Regarding Notices to Parents and Guardians

The new 2015-17 state budget (2015 Wisconsin Act 55) imposes a number of additional notice requirements on school districts. These new requirements include that districts provide parents and guardians with notifications about:

  • the academic standards adopted by the school board for that school year; (this requires prompt action, see note below)
  • a copy of the school’s accountability report (report card) as well as the most recent ranking level assigned to each school within the school district boundaries, including independent “2r” charter schools and private schools participating in a private school choice program;
  • a list of the educational options available to children who reside in the pupil’s resident school district, including public schools, private schools participating in a private school choice program, charter schools, virtual schools, full-time open enrollment, youth options, course options, and options for pupils enrolled in a home-based private educational program; and
  • the existence of the special needs voucher program (to be provided to the parents of each child with a disability enrolled in the school district.)

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