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August 12, 2018

Louisiana’s ESSA “Innovative Assessments”: Testing Based on Books Students Will Have Already Read

In Louisiana, test-based ed reform will innovate by testing students on books they’ve read ahead of time. Apparently US ed sec Betsy DeVos agrees. On July 30, 2018, she announced her approval of Louisiana’s bid to pilot these “new, Innovative assessments” as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) testing “flexibility.” Of course, this […]

June 7, 2018

Utah Asked USDOE for ESSA Testing Waiver to Honor Parents’ Rights; USDOE Said (Wait for It…) No.

On May 01, 2018, Utah state superintendent Sydnee Dickson sent this waiver request to Betsy DeVos’ USDOE regarding parental rights to opt their children out of state tests– as protected by state law. The Every Student Succeeds Acts (ESSA) (the latest version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, or ESEA) requires that 95 […]

March 8, 2018

DeVos Rebukes State Chiefs for “Bare Minimum” ESSA Plans

On March 05, 2018, US ed sec Betsy DeVos spoke at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). It is the longest DeVos speech I have seen to date, and I have read many of her speeches. DeVos spends much of her speech rebuking state ed commissioners for aiming for the bare minimum in […]

August 17, 2017

La. RSD-NO’s ACT Results: Nowhere Near What Is Necessary for Guaranteed, Four-Year-College Admission

In 2003, the Louisiana legislature created the state-run Recovery School District (RSD), which pre-Katrina was comprised of about a dozen and a half schools. Once Hurricane Katrina hit (in 2005), so did the Louisiana legislature in a calculated attempt to hand over most of New Orleans’ public schools to the state. The ultimate goal of […]

July 23, 2017

DeVos’ “Message from the Secretary” Link Features… Arne Duncan.

The US Department of Education website needs updating– comically so. If one clicks on the link, “An Overview of the US Department of Education,” and follows the link, “What is the US Department of Education?,” one finds a page that has not been updated since September 2010– and which cites student enrollment from 2007-08. The page […]

April 10, 2017

Question: Who Are the ESSA “Peer Reviewers” Selected to Review State Plans?

According to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state plans are to be reviewed by a group of individuals holding specific roles– and the reviewers are to be identified by name. From the ESSA document (pages 20-21): (4) PEER REVIEW AND SECRETARIAL APPROVAL.— (A) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall— (i) establish a peer-review process to assist […]

April 2, 2017

First Round of ESSA State Plans Are Due April 3rd to a USDOE Severely Lacking in Senior Officials

According to a March 13, 2017, letter that US ed sec Betsy DeVos sent to chief state school officers, states are able to submit their plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for two possible deadlines: April 03, 2017, or September 18, 2017. In that letter, DeVos writes that the state plans will be […]

March 23, 2017

Louisiana School Boards Assn. Confronts Louisiana’s ESSA State Plan Rush Job

On March 13, 2017, US ed sec Betsy DeVos contacted state superintendents to let them know that there are now two possible deadlines for submission of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans: April 03, 2017, or September 18, 2017. There is no penalty for a state’s waiting until September and not rushing to submit […]

February 13, 2017

US Ed Sec Betsy DeVos’ Letter to State Superintendents Re: ESSA State Plans

On Friday, February 10, 2017, US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos sent to state superintendents a letter regarding the formulation of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plans. In short, she notes that the ESSA guidance composed under the direction of former US Ed Sec John King could be scrapped by Congress but that states should […]

October 4, 2016

Gates Foundation Money Connects Common Core and ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes the following prohibition regarding the federal government’s luring states into adopting specific standards, assessments, or content, including the Common Core State Standards (CCSS): ‘‘SEC. 8526A. PROHIBITION AGAINST FEDERAL MANDATES, DIRECTION, OR CONTROL. ‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—No officer or employee of the Federal Government shall, through grants, contracts, or other cooperative […]