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DPI Announces Listening Sessions on ESSA State Plan

The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has announced a schedule of six listening sessions on Wisconsin’s proposed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan.

Here are the dates, times and locations of the upcoming listening sessions: Continue reading DPI Announces Listening Sessions on ESSA State Plan

More on the Student Exam Notices and Opt-Out Bills

As noted in a previous post, Assembly Bill 304 and Assembly Bill 300 have been scheduled for a hearing next week.  This post explores the potential impact of these bills.

When Must an Opt-Out Be Granted Under Current Law?

The current state statute establishing a parental right to opt-out children from testing was enacted when the only required assessments were those required by state law.  It predates federal testing requirements enacted under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and continued under its successor, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  As a not-entirely-surprising result, current state law requires an opt-out to be granted only for state-mandated tests but not for testing that is federally-required under ESSA.

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A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan

This is the first in a series of posts looking at the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and how the state’s draft accountability plan attempts to meet those requirements.ESSA Plan Template

Purpose—The primary purpose of the accountability system the state must develop in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is to appropriately identify schools with performance issues for comprehensive and targeted support and improvement efforts as required under ESSA. Continue reading A Deeper Dive into the State’s Draft ESSA Accountability Plan

Bills Introduced on Student Exam Notices & Opt-Outs

thiesfeldtTwo bills dealing with pupil assessments were recently introduced by Assembly Education Committee Chair Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac, pictured at left) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, pictured below):

Assembly Bill 300/Senate Bill 222 – This bill requires, beginning in the 2017-18 school year, each school board to annually provide the parent or guardian of each pupil with a copy of or instructions on how to access a summary of the pupil examinations that the school board must administer under state and federal law and any other examinations used to assess pupil, school, or school district performance.  The bill specifies certain information that must be included in the summary and requires that the summary be written in commonly understood language. Continue reading Bills Introduced on Student Exam Notices & Opt-Outs

DPI Releases Draft of Wisconsin ESSA Plan

Capture of ESSA PlanThe Department of Public Instruction (DPI) today (April 28) released a draft for public review of Wisconsin’s Consolidated Plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The plan describes how the state will implement ESSA and will undergo a public comment period through June 30.

To assist the public and lawmakers to understand the plan, a joint informational hearing of the Senate and Assembly Education committees has been scheduled for Wednesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. in room 412 East, State Capitol.  At this meeting the DPI will provide a briefing on the draft Wisconsin ESSA State implementation plan. Testimony will be provided by invited speakers only.   (View notice.)

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Lawmakers Debate Degree of Stakeholder Input Needed on State’s ESSA Accountability Plan

Yesterday (April 20), the Assembly Education Committee held a public hearing on a bill (Assembly Bill 233) that would prohibit the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) from submitting the state plan required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to the U.S. Department of Education without first responding to any objections submitted to DPI by the Assembly Committee on Education and the Senate Committee on Education.

The bill illustrates one of the tensions in implementing the new federal law. Continue reading Lawmakers Debate Degree of Stakeholder Input Needed on State’s ESSA Accountability Plan

Congress, President to Repeal Obama-era Accountability Regulations

U.S. Capitol.jpgOn Thursday (March 9), the U.S. Senate by a vote of 50-49 approved a resolution (H.J.Res. 57) to invoke its authority under the federal Regulatory Control Act to repeal the Accountability and State Plan regulations promulgated last November by the Obama Administration under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  (The Regulatory Control Act allows congressional disapproval of previously promulgated federal regulations under certain conditions.)

Earlier, the U.S. House of Representatives had approved the measure 234 – 190 on Tuesday (March 7). The measure heads to the White House, where President Trump is expected to approve it, effectively repealing the regulations issued under the former Administration.

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