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Unlocking ESSA & Its Potential in Washington

Unlocking ESSA & Its Potential in Washington

Coming on the heels of an approved ESSA plan, the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is setting its sights on creating a system of continuous school improvement in the 2018-2019 school year as it rolls out a new accountability framework. In January, the U.S. Department of Education approved the state of Washington’s … Continue reading Unlocking ESSA & Its Potential in Washington

ESSA & the Pathway to Successful Implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

ESSA & the Pathway to Successful Implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

The Elementary and Secondary Education/Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA/ESSA) was signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015. In the two years since passage, state departments of education and school districts are in the process of gearing up for implementation. The new law includes a number of specific provisions to help ensure success … Continue reading ESSA & the Pathway to Successful Implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Understanding the Shifts in Illinois State Reporting

Understanding the Shifts in Illinois State Reporting

The Illinois Report card has undergone two major changes throughout the few years. The good news is that it currently sits as one of the most user-friendly and informative state school reports in the country. Before explaining how the Report Card has improved, it helps to have a basic understanding of its definition and function. … Continue reading Understanding the Shifts in Illinois State Reporting

The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

What if we thought of student performance in the same way prospective buyers thought about purchasing a home? For the home buying process, many consumers perform a ton of research related to the prospective home, including relevant details about community, the quality of neighborhood schools, and the city’s crime rate. This is all completed before … Continue reading The Importance of Multiple Measures in Educating Today’s Learners & ESSA

Doing Parent Engagement in the Age of ESSA

Doing Parent Engagement in the Age of ESSA

It’s no secret—parent and family engagement is critical to student success in school. Research has demonstrated for decades that this can have a major influence on a child’s achievement from improvements in attendance and behavior to stronger academic performance. But the nature of that “involvement” is what is most key. ESSA now requires districts receiving Title … Continue reading Doing Parent Engagement in the Age of ESSA