Getting Guidance to Implement ESSA

Tuesday, January 24, 2017


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is in place, but knowing what it means to districts and how to implement it is still somewhat up in the air.

That led Education Week to survey nearly 600 district leaders, asking open-ended questions to identify the types of guidance or support their districts will need to implement ESSA-related changes.

Respondents noted they could use some extra help from policymakers, including clarification on their state’s implementation plan.

Here’s some of what the survey found:

  • Eighteen percent of district leaders said they need additional guidance from their state.
  • Fifteen percent said they don’t need additional guidance.
  • Ten percent said they don’t know.
  • Ten percent said they could use information on the law’s goals and expectations.
  • Eight percent would like more general information.
  • Seven percent said they would like general professional development or training.
  • Seven percent seek an explanation of the key changes between ESSA and the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • Five percent said they need information on ESSA’s effect on current finances and future funding.

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