Posted on August 1, 2016

By Heather Hough, Emily Penner, and Joe Witte

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) makes sweeping changes to the way school
performance is measured and shifts many of the decisions about what to measure, how to
identify schools for support, and what types of support to provide back to the states. ESSA’s
passage began a two-year process in which policymakers and educators at all levels will have to
make decisions about how to improve policy and practice in

this new era, including how to
define and measure school quality and how to support schools in meeting this high standard.
Federal policymakers are now engaged in the process of setting the proposed ESSA regulations,1
which will be revised following a public comment period closing August 1, 2016.
Simultaneously, states are engaging stakeholders in the long, hard, and important work of
building consensus for the new systems that will be rolled out in the 2017-18 school year….

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