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What Actions Will You Take In Response To ESSA?

by Nichole Dobo

The Hechinger Report

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States can change the way they think about education, but will they?

A new federal law hands more control to state leaders, untethering them from rules that threatened dire consequences for failing to achieve certain test scores. But in return for this freedom, states must come up with their own ways of ensuring that their schools give all students a high-quality, equitable education.

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Being Proactive Around ESSA Flexibility

Be careful what you wish for? While ESSA offers schools more flexibility and autonomy than its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act, school systems must now ensure that they are being proactive in ensuring high quality and equitable education for all students in their districts. What steps are your school system board members and administrative leaders taking to move in this direction? What role are teachers, students, parents and the community playing in the process?

Now is the time to begin conversations, if they haven’t already started, around what’s important to your teachers, students, parents and the community in terms of high quality educational outcomes. The flexibility afforded by ESSA can help school systems ensure that they are preparing to meet the unique needs of students in their school systems, but that preparation shouldn’t be left to chance.