This publication makes the case for state education agencies to design engagement plans that are deliberately based on promising practices and lessons learned from other states as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Because ESSA calls attention to education as a civil right, educational equity is a key goal of the new law; accordingly, this resource from Partners for Each and Every Child discusses how to embed equity issues into ESSA stakeholder engagement efforts. The publication focuses on several principles of high quality stakeholder engagement including: (1) linking engagement with equity, (2) including diverse stakeholders, (3) supporting engagement that is well informed, (4) focusing on continuous improvement, and (5) building consensus. In addition, this resource includes a section on differentiated roles, promising practices, and a cautionary tale for stakeholder engagement.
This Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes blog post highlights three key strategies that state early education administrators can use to ensure early learning is integrated throughout their state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. State leaders in AR, LA, MI, and WA offer advice on how to effectively partner and prepare to include early learning goals in the ESSA state plan and support for districts.
The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes partners with New America on a blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This post explains how the needs assessments and related design and development activities that local education agencies undertake as part of local plan development can be important vehicles for early learning advocacy.
This College & Career Readiness & Success Center brief provides a policy framework to help states align their college and career readiness definitions with relevant policy provisions under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into one cohesive strategy.
This self-assessment tool is designed to help SEAs analyze their policies and practices in three areas: (1) state spending policies over federal funds; (2) application, planning, and budgeting alignment to state priorities and local needs; and (3) paperwork reduction opportunities. These areas are important because they significantly influence the services districts deliver, and are often overlooked as levers to promote educational quality.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) creates a major policy shift in the world of school improvement and school turnaround. This article by Carlas McCauley, Director of the Center on School Turnaround (CST), describes the challenges and opportunities afforded by the new law, including the opportunity for educators to make dramatic, lasting improvements in the lives of the millions of students who attend persistently low-achieving schools.