The Every Student Succeeds Act Turns Four

The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed four years ago today. How is it working so far? Well, I agree with Anne Hyslop’s answer, given as part of a round-up at The 74:

“If your main priority under ESSA was to empower states to make decisions, I think you would say yes, ESSA is working,” said Anne Hyslop, assistant director of policy development and government relations at the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group dedicated to improving outcomes for underserved students.

But for those who instead elevate the law’s much-vaunted civil rights guardrails, “I think the answer would be no, it is not working. That just shows what you prioritize in terms of what the law was doing,” she said.

For more, EdWeek has perspectives from classroom teachers and principals to superintendents and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

For anyone in D.C., Education Week and the Collaborative for Student Success are hosting a live discussion today with lunch and a reception.

–Guest post by Chad Aldeman

Latest Edu-Reads

Alex Spurrier on the important edu-election happening in Denver tomorrow.

Here’s an interesting read from the St. Louis Fed on the demographics of wealth. It looks at income and wealth by race and education level. One finding: Households led by college-education white families are pulling away from everyone else, even similarly educated black and Hispanic families.

LAUSD was planning to release student growth data to families. The district already ran the numbers and was planning to release the results soon, but a move by the school board may block the data from ever coming out. Paige Kowalski and Seth Litt have the details on the growth measure, or see Bonnie O’Keefe on the bigger picture.

The Alliance for Excellent Education has the details on the Fast Track To and Through College Act, a bill to allow academically prepared high school students to take college-level work free-of-charge during their senior year of high school. It would build off earlier work by Michael Dannenberg and Anne Hyslop.

Speaking of advanced coursework, a new study on early algebra in California middle schools  finds that, “women, students of color, and English-Language Learners benefit disproportionately from access to accelerated coursework.”

–Guest post by Chad Aldeman