Center on Education Policy Newsletter
Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner, Maria Ferguson
Published: January 15, 2020
Building a Stronger Future for Evidence-Based Improvement in ESSA Implementation Webinar
January 28, 2020
Maria Ferguson, Executive Director, Center on Education Policy
Anne Hyslop, Assistant Director, Policy Development and Government Relations, Alliance for Excellent Education
Seng-Dao Yang Keo, Director, Office of Student and School Supports, Nevada Department of Education
Candice McQueen, Chief Executive Officer, National Institute for Excellence in Teaching
Diane Stark Rentner, Deputy Director, Center on Education Policy
To better understand CEP’s implementation research on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), including CEP’s latest report A Stronger Future for Evidence-Based School Improvement in ESSA, this webinar focused on the challenges and opportunities for states and districts as they implement evidence-based interventions to support low-performing schools under ESSA.
Unlike the policies that preceded it, ESSA does not require identified schools to adopt a particular set of strategies to improve. But it does require that the interventions selected by schools be backed by evidence of their effectiveness. While this is a more flexible approach, the new requirement to rely on evidence-based strategies has created its own set of implementation issues. This webinar discussed how states, districts, external partners and vendors, researchers, and education advocates have responded to ESSA's evidence requirements and the systems, capacity, supports, and other resources districts need to find, develop, and implement evidence-based approaches.
View the webinar here.
Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner, Nancy Kober, Maria Ferguson
Published: December 5, 2019
The report is the final in a series that examines state and district efforts to implement the ESSA evidence requirements, and includes observations and recommendations from educators, researchers, and policy-influencers convened by CEP in July 2019. The report highlights how district and state officials executed these new requirements and includes recommended actions for key stakeholders aimed at improving educators’ access to and understanding of school improvement research.
Author(s): Maria Ferguson
Published: September 23, 2019
Although the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives state and local leaders more authority and flexibility to select school improvement strategies, the law's evidence-based requirements also presents new challenges around access and capacity. CEP's Executive Director explains how state and local leaders are managing. Read the column here.
Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner, Nancy Kober
Published: August 27, 2019
This report, based on interviews with officials from five school districts, explores how districts are implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act’s requirements to use evidence-based interventions to improve low-performing schools. The report also includes some recommendations for making research more accessible to educators.
Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner, Kensie Tanner, Matthew Braun
Published: July 15, 2019
This report is based on information gathered from state education agencies regarding the number of schools in each state that received an accountability designation in SY 2018-19 in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act’s requirements. This report was updated in July 2019 to include newly reported numbers for Oklahoma and to correct the number of identified schools in Georgia and Louisiana.
Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner, Nancy Kober, Matthew Braun
Published: April 29, 2019
This report, based on interviews with officials from seven state departments of education, explores state efforts to assist local educators with selecting evidence-based interventions to improve low-performing schools. The report also contains some recommendations for making research more accessible to educators.
Author(s): Matthew Frizzell, Diane Stark Rentner, and Nancy Kober
Published: February 8, 2018
A special report in the Planning for Progress series, this report highlights states’ efforts to share assessment results with principals, teachers, and parents. The report is based on responses to a 2017 survey that asked state education leaders about efforts to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, as well as other CEP research, including teacher focus groups and national surveys of teacher and district leaders.
Author(s): Diane Stark Rentner, Matthew Frizzell, and Nancy Kober
Published: December 11, 2017
Based on a fall 2017 survey of officials from 45 state education agencies, this report highlights early state efforts to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. The report highlights states’ views on ESSA’s shift in control from the federal government to states and school districts regarding accountability and school improvement activities; stakeholder involvement in state plan development; state capacity to implement ESSA requirements; and the U.S. Department of Education’s assistance in implementing ESSA. The report also addresses the impact of the proposed elimination of Title II-A funding, and support among states for a federal private school voucher program using ESSA funds.