Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Taking a Pulse on ESSA Implementation

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Taking a Pulse on ESSA Implementation

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The Every Student Succeeds Act was intended to shift some of decision-making power around K-12 education from the federal government to state and local agencies, a development that many state agencies feel good about, although some would like more support as they implement the changes. That's according to a December 2017 report from the Center on Education Policy.

The center surveyed state deputy superintendents of education (or their designees) in September and October of 2017. Of the 45 respondents, 29 agreed that they have more control of education accountability under ESSA, and 21 of these respondents saw it as a positive change. However, with greater power comes greater responsibility, and 23 of the respondents saw that reflected in their increased workloads. Respondents also expressed concern about their capacity to carry out their new responsibilities, particularly in the area of school improvement requirements. Capacity related to measurement, on the other hand, was less of a concern.

Some respondents found the U. …

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