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Now that all 50 ESSA plans have been approved by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, we have a clearer window into each state’s accountability roadmap and goals, including strategies to meet the requirement of providing struggling learners with evidence-based interventions.
So, what does this new window show us exactly? A recent post on the Frontline Research and Learning Institute’s blog explores this question by outlining four key findings from an independent peer review of ESSA plans conducted by The Collaborative for Student Success, in partnership with Bellwether Education Partners.
ESSA gives states the flexibility to implement whichever multi-tiered system of support framework leadership deems the best fit for local schools. However, ESSA does require that districts adopt a systematic approach for data-based decision making that supports a rapid response to students’ needs.
Do state #ESSA plans support data-based decision making to provide a rapid response to students’ needs? Here’s what the research says.
The bipartisan peer review examined each state’s plan against ESSA’s equity-focused mission and is comprised of feedback from 45 reviewers, including former state chiefs, former education leaders, former teachers and members of the civil rights and disability communities.
Here are some key findings:
Source: The Frontline Research & Learning Institute. (2018, October 24). New Research: How State ESSA Plans Say They’ll Support Evidence-Based Interventions. Retrieved from https://www.frontlineinstitute.com/blog/new-research-how-state-essa-plans-say-theyll-support-evidence-based-interventions
Implementation of ESSA plans will continue this year, as will our ability to see if the plans hold real promise for education equity, accountability and systematic, data-based decision making.
However, as noted by the Institute post, we know that strong leadership at all levels of the education system will be key to upholding ESSA’s mission. It will fall to leaders to start the ball rolling when it comes to gathering, using and sharing insights derived from only the highest quality data.
As you lead the way towards establishing or re-validating the continuum of evidence-based practices in your district, these resources may be helpful:
Read the full Frontline Research & Learning Institute post here.