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Wondering about the ESSA timeline? Check this out.

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  • Standards and Accountability

    Standards and Accountability

    Students and schools must be held to high academic standards, with their progress measured and results reported in simple, transparent formats. The Foundation supports standardized measurement of student learning, including annual comprehensive end-of-course assessments in elementary, middle and high school, as well as grading schools on an A-F scale – just like students.

In December, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. The revamped federal education law sets into motion a series of events that will influence education from state departments of education to local classrooms.

Today in North Carolina, ExcelinEd’s Claire Voorhees will present on the state role in implementation of ESSA to the House Select Committee on Education Strategy and Practices. Click here to listen to a live audio broadcast of Claire’s presentation at 11:45 this morning.

Over the next 18 months, North Carolina and other states must continue their transitions to new assessment systems, unwind their waivers, prepare for new opportunities for innovation and revise their accountability systems to meet new requirements and take advantage of new flexibilities. Each state will face an incredibly complex transition filled with both opportunities and potential perils.

Checkout the image below to see the timeline the ESSA has set in motion.

ESSA Timeline_2-25-16

Click on the image to enlarge.

How ExcelinEd Can Help
During these transitions, ExcelinEd is available to help states set the stage for new opportunities and prepare to tackle new challenges. This includes:

  • Providing summaries of the new legislation and answering technical questions related to accountability system design and the transition from waivers to those new accountability systems;
  • Identifying ways that new federal funds can support state reforms in areas including K-3 reading, college and career readiness and digital learning;
  • Supporting state efforts to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s rulemaking and implementation of ESSA; and
  • Supporting state efforts to preserve rigorous standards and assessments and strong accountability systems during the transition to the new law.

Visit ExcelinEd’s Policy Library for more information and resources on the Every Student Succeeds Act, or contact to learn how ExcelinEd can support your state.

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