Five Questions to Ask About ESSA

  1. ESSA calls for serious consultation from teachers, principals, school board members and others in crafting new accountability plans. How is your state handling that requirement?
  2. The new law allows states to ditch policies that tie teacher evaluations to student test scores. Is your state sticking with its evaluation plan anyway?
  3. States must include at least one non-academic factor in their new ESSA accountability systems. What will they pick and why?
  4. States now get to decide how to intervene in low-performing schools. What strategies will they try and what kind of results will they get, compared with the federally-dictated models?
  5. States no longer have the same federal incentive to stick with the Common Core standards. How many of them will decide to stay the course anyway?