Every Student Succeeds Act

Why the Education Status Quo Cannibalizes New Ideas — and What to Do About It

Disruptive innovation theory suggests that processes that dominated the past can wreak havoc on best-laid plans.

Bricks Without Straw: Maryland’s ESSA Accountability Plan

Like mud bricks made without straw, Maryland's accountability plan is sure to crumble.

Support for Common Standards Has Rebounded

Local control has its place—but, as Americans told Education Next, it also has its limits.

The Complications of State-level Education Policymaking

With the US Department of Education now approving state ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plans, attention turns to those plans’ contents. This includes how states intend to help kids assigned to persistently struggling schools.

State Accountability Plans Fix Many NCLB-Era Mistakes

The Every Student Succeeds Act grants states more authority over their school accountability systems than did No Child Left Behind — meaning that states now have a greater opportunity to design improved school ratings.

In the News: Betsy DeVos Approves Delaware’s ESSA Plan, After Blowback

Earlier, the Trump Education Department had given Delaware some very critical feedback on the plan, which Mike Petrilli described as "a big unforced error."

DeVos Needs to Offer Principled Clarity on ESSA

How the U.S. Department of Education should respond to the confusion over what states can and can't do in their ESSA plans.

ESSA’s Eerie Parallels: Bureaucratic Déjà vu

The response of the DeVos Department of Education to Delawares ESSA plan has provoked a full-fledged kerfluffle

How State ESSA Accountability Plans Can Shine a Statistically Sound Light on More Students

Pooling data across years and grades may provide an opportunity to include students in accountability systems in cases where subgroup size is otherwise too small.

Betsy DeVos’s Team Stumbles on ESSA

After the Secretary promised to provide states wide latitude in implementing ESSA, the DeVos team seems to be misreading the law, the substantive issues, and the politics.

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