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Advocating on ESSA

…local stakeholders, raising awareness, and leveraging less publicized opportunities, education champions are shaping ESSA planning in their states. Below, we highlight some of the most common and promising tactics from…

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Engaging Educators on ESSA

…their classrooms. In particular, champions are increasingly working to involve educators in ESSA planning. We recently sat down with Shannon Mitchell, Managing Director of Policy at Educators 4 Excellence-Minnesota, to…

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How Members Are Prioritizing Accountability & Transparency in 2018

…Issue 2018 Outlook As states look to implement their ESSA plans, advocates are prepared to hold the line to ensure new accountability systems are implemented with fidelity. As LEAs and…

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State-by-state Look at Submitted ESSA Plans

…Delaware continued its role as critical friend with the state Department of Education and policymakers. Their vice president of policy and practice was appointed to the ESSA Advisory Committee, which…

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Leaders Impacting Change

…funding model after funding model. When not solving the funding crisis in Illinois, he is an essential voice at the Illinois policy table on ESSA, workforce readiness, and so much…

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Webinar: Strategies for State ESSA Planning

…In this June 2016 webinar, state advocates and national partners discussed advocacy strategies to approach state planning for ESSA. Key questions that participants asked, and answered, include: How are…

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State ESSA Updates

…Advocates across the Network are working to shine a spotlight on both strengths and weaknesses in state ESSA plans. Minnesota Advocates in Minnesota are responding to the state’s new…

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Playbook for Innovative Policies under ESSA

…is a practical guide. The Innovation Playbook identifies six provisions in ESSA most important for supporting state-level innovation, including the provisions’ allowable use of funds. The guide outlines how states…

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PIE Network Reactions to the Every Student Succeeds Act

…analyzes five critical decisions California leaders must make in lieu of ESSA: statewide goals, multiple measures, meaningful differentiation between schools, school supports and interventions, and data disaggregation. In Kentucky, Cory…

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Most Actionable Research in Advocacy

…State ESSA Plans Students for Education Reform: First Generation College Student Poll Stand for Children Illinois: An Education Funding No-Brainer: Stop the Teacher Pension Surcharge Foundation for Excellence in Education,…

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State ESSA Plans Fall Short on Equity

…In their new analysis of trends in states’ ESSA plans, The Education Trust states plainly, “What we are seeing so far is not encouraging.” Their review of plans focused…

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Become an ESSA Expert

…issues of ESSA. The guide breaks down the law into clear categories and explains related requirements, acronyms, and processes in a thorough, digestible way. The guide focuses on the following…

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Recent ESSA Highs and Lows

…While advocates in Kentucky and Tennessee are celebrating recent ESSA progress in their states, the enthusiasm of reform champions in New York is tempered by outstanding concerns. The Prichard…

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Member-Recommended Resources from the 2016 Summit

…Report – Pushing ESSA Career Readiness CS (Computer Science) For All Code.org Management Track: Setting Powerful Goals & Management Track: Measuring Up The Management Center The Big Short(age): Teacher Recruitment…

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New Guidance on Selecting ESSA Indicators

…Chiefs for Change’s new report, ESSA Indicators of School Quality and Student Success, provides evidence on more than a dozen of the most-discussed indicators of school quality that many…

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Understanding ESSA: Yes, Please

…spring 2016 designed to support advocates through ESSA transitions. Featuring updates from national partners and advocacy groups, the site compiles relevant news from state and federal sources in order to…

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Kentucky’s ESSA Accountability Plan Needs Work

…and federal (ESSA) law. In related news, the U.S. Department of Education released interim feedback and peer review updates on previously submitted ESSA plans to Delaware, Nevada, and New Mexico…

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ESSA Accountability Across 50 States

…The Education Commission of the States has released a new resource that can help advocates working to strengthen their states’ accountability plans under ESSA. ECS’ 50 State Comparison: States’…

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Ensemble Casts Advancing Policy

…Funding Democrats for Education Reform-Louisiana, Stand for Children-Louisiana, The Education Trust: Louisiana ESSA State Plan Coalition Tennessee SCORE, The Education Trust, Foundation for Excellence in Education: Tennessee ESSA Coalition Advance…

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Oregon and New York Advocates Evaluate State ESSA Plans

…Last week, PIE Network members in Oregon and New York responded to recently released state ESSA plans. While New York advocates gave their state plan mixed reviews, Oregon leaders…

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Center on Reinventing Public Education: Knowledge is Power

ESSA accountability regulations were overturned. What now? We know reform advocates will continue their work to support ESSA engagement and implementation at the state level. At the same time,…

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State Advocates Weigh in on Early ESSA Plans

Twelve states and Washington, D.C. submitted their proposed plans to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), meeting the U.S. Department of Education’s early April submission deadline….

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Advocates Speak Out on ESSA Plans

…As states continue to release draft ESSA plans, advocates across the Network are weighing in on how these plans will serve students, parents, teachers, and school leaders. In Washington,…

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Introducing Newest Network Members: Part 2

…districts across the state, implement the state’s ESSA plan, with focus on producing strong teachers and principals in each school building who can engage and effectively instruct black students, and…

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National Council on Teacher Quality: Advancing Pro-Student, Pro-Equity Agendas

ESSA accountability regulations were overturned. What now? We know reform advocates will continue their work to support ESSA engagement and implementation at the state level. At the same time,…

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Eddies! Honor Exemplary Advocacy

…Research The Collaborative for Student Success & Bellwether Education Partners: An Independent Review of State ESSA Plans In conjunction with Bellwether Education Partners, the Collaborative for Student Success worked with…

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Advocacy to Watch: 2017 Eddies! Nominees

…Minnesota: Remedial Education Reform Tennessee SCORE: Improving Educator Preparation The Education Trust – New York: ESSA Implementation, Higher standards, and Support for Immigrant Students See a complete list of all…

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Best Kept Advocacy Secrets

…Reform Minnesota: Remedial Education Reform Tennessee SCORE: Improving Educator Preparation The Education Trust – New York: ESSA Implementation, Higher standards, and Support for Immigrant Students Additional Eddies! Nominees: Chalkboard Project:…

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What State-Level Education Reformers Expect in 2017

…improve accountability and transparency, some advocates say the combination of a new administration and the recent repeal of ESSA regulations could damage their state accountability systems’ effectiveness. In addition to…

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How Members Are Prioritizing School Finance in 2018

…Being Spent DE Rodel Foundation of Delaware: Utilize ESSA Fiscal Transparency Requirement GA Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: Cost Assessment to Get Real World Costs of K-12 LA Stand…

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Better Evidence, Better Choices, Better Schools

…This August 2016 report from the Center for American Progress addresses ESSA’s emphasis on evidence-based school improvement practices by clarifying the definition of “evidence-based” that ESSA uses, distinguishing it…

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Introducing Newest Network Members: Part 1

…funding, ensuring that ESSA implementation both holds schools to a high standard and is grounded in research and best practices, and working to remove barriers to high-quality school growth. HawaiiKidsCAN…

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Two New Resources for Financial Transparency Advocates

…Education champions working on the financial transparency requirement of ESSA will benefit from newly released resources. Advocates can share the two reports, designed by four different organizations, with policymakers,…

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Education Reform Coming Apart at the Seams? Hardly.

…Director, PIE Network The opening bell has now sounded in most state legislatures across the country—the third legislative cycle since the Every Student Succeeds Act passed. ESSA was signed into…

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Introducing our Newest Members

…transparent school rating system in its ESSA plan. Other key advocacy issues in 2017 included protecting the state’s performance assessment for teacher licensure and pushing for a funding formula that…

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Resonating Messages: Leaders Share Reflections from ExcelinEd Summit

…readiness, ESSA, school funding, and more. PIE Network members and partners shared takeaways from the ExcelinEd Summit and advice for advocates who weren’t in attendance. “Governor Bush framed the challenges…

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The Evolution of Evaluation

…With the passage of ESSA, teachers with Educators 4 Excellence-Chicago outlined recommendations to align evaluation with great practices. The resulting teacher-informed report, “The Evolution of Evaluation: A Way Forward…

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High Stakes for High Achievers

…also explains how states can take advantage of ESSA to create systems that serve all learners. Key findings include: Only four states base at least half of their schools’ summative…

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5 Ways to Ensure Equitable Access to Effective Teachers

…work The report provides examples of promising, equity-focused initiatives in state ESSA plans–including from Massachusetts, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida–that could inform the work of other states. Recommendations include leveraging Title…

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How Do We Gauge School Quality?

Run a search in the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and you’ll discover that the word “quality” turns up 182 times. Clearly, quality was on the…

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Introducing the Network’s Newest Partners

…advance policies that promote best practices and ensure equitable outcomes for all kids. Three main questions drive their work: Meaningful Accountability : With ESSA plans now submitted and approved, how…

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Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement 101

With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) under way, stakeholder engagement–at the federal and state levels–is increasingly important to ensure a successful implementation, period. This…

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2018 PIE Network Member Priorities

…Early Learning Educator Policy Governance Literacy School Finance Standards & Assessment Findings: A Preview of 2018 ACCOUNTABILITY UNDER ESSA REMAINS A TOP FOCUS In 2018, many state advocates will work…

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Introducing Your Allies: The Network’s Newest Advocates Share Their 2017 Priorities

In 2016, a dozen advocacy organizations joined PIE Network, growing the group of champions to include 77 organizations across 34 states and Washington, D.C. While each of them…

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DelawareCAN

DelawareCAN empowers, mobilizes and collaborates with everyday Delawareans to advocate for a high-quality education system. They use research and communications, grassroots organizing and government relations to ensure Delaware’s…

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Better Planning for School Improvement

In their commissioned study, the Connecticut Council for Education Reform examines the improvement plans created by Alliance Districts to explore how the plan creation impacts results. Connecticut’s Alliance…

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5 Tips for Engaging Educators in Advocacy

…several important components to the state’s ESSA plan. Stand Louisiana is continuing to work with educators to monitor and influence the implementation of these policies. Be Intentional Getting involved in…

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Teach Plus Indiana

…Teach Plus Indiana prioritizes evaluating teacher voice around the following issues: ESSA implementation, early childhood education, teacher leadership, career pathways, teacher preparation and teacher retention….

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Connecting Resource Equity and Student Achievement

…California’s school funding model, a presentation on the equity of North Carolina’s funding system, and a presentation on the ESSA fiscal transparency requirement given in conjunction with The Education Trust…

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The Art of Advocacy: Lessons from Leaders Across the Network

As states grapple with newfound flexibility, control, and opportunity under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the role of state-level advocates in advancing and defending state policy is…

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Educators for Excellence-Minnesota

E4E-Minnesota works to ensure that Minnesota educators play an active role in shaping policies that affect our students and the teaching profession.

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Please, Show Them the Data!

…the education system serving their children. State leaders have a significant opportunity under ESSA to create report cards that actually meet communities’ information needs. (It’s important to note, however, that…

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Achieving Equity Through Local Control

…As many states adjust their education policies from the prescriptive approach of the NCLB era to ESSA’s emphasis on state and local control, California can offer lessons learned. Three…

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How Members Are Prioritizing School Finance

…work related to this issue in the Network: funding formulas and ESSA’s financial transparency requirement. State Snapshot 32 members in 23 states including D.C. are planning to engage on these…

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How Members Are Prioritizing Educator Policy in 2018

…Co-CEO: Educators engagement, teacher evaluation under ESSA, and school discipline policy Educators for Excellence-Minnesota, Madaline Edison, Executive Director: School-based Change on Discipline Disparities, Janus v. AFSCME Case Information EdVoice, Bill…

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Tenacity and Experience Greet Another Legislative Cycle

…folks to review state ESSA plans independently. After more than 10 years of weaving this Network, I’ve also seen another familiar—and encouraging—trend. While the national education policy commentariat have a…

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How Members Are Prioritizing Choice in 2018

…in the Private School Choice Crossfire WA DFER Washington: Support Parent Engagement Provisions of ESSA Expertise on this Issue Below are members with experience who offered themselves as thought partners…

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How Members Are Prioritizing Standards & Assessments in 2018

…Using Assessment Data for Growth Goals CO Colorado Succeeds: Block Efforts to Roll Back State Standards FL Foundation for Florida’s Future: Implement State’s ESSA Plan and Thereby Protect Highly Successful…

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Explore 2017 Member Advocacy & Policy Work with Interactive Map

…how Colorado successfully achieved charter school mill levy equity . See how members engaged on the ESSA State Plan in Tennessee. Find out how the League of Education Voters managed…

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