A First Look at the Every Student Succeeds Act
The Hunt Institute, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), hosted a meeting on February 26-27, 2016 in Atlanta, to address the significant shift in education that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will have on state-level decision-making. The passage of ESSA – signed into law on December 10, 2015 – provides state policymakers a new opportunity to build upon the work of the past 15 years with an increased degree of autonomy and responsibilities.
More than 30 policymakers – including state board members, legislative leaders, and state agency staff from 15 states – attended the meeting to engage with national education resource experts on ESSA changes and challenges, particularly around the issues of school accountability, high-quality assessments, interventions in low-performing schools, and teacher evaluation systems.
The experts included Dr. Terry Holliday, former Kentucky commissioner of education; Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council for Chief State School Officers; Jamie Woodson, president and CEO of SCORE; Aimee Rogstad Guidera, president and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign; Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS); Ryan Smith, executive director of The Education Trust-West; Dr. Amber Northern, senior vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute; and from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ary Amerikaner, deputy assistant secretary for policy and strategic initiatives, and Ann Wallen, senior advisor to the secretary, delegated duties of the assistant secretary.