Today (Sept. 6), the U.S. Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved a bipartisan FY2018 funding bill for the federal Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies, that is $3 billion above the FY2017 level and $27.5 billion above the President’s budget request.
The Senate subcommittee also rejected President Trump’s proposed cuts to teacher training and afterschool funding (see below). Full Senate committee consideration of the funding measure is scheduled for Thursday. The 2018 federal fiscal year begins on Oct. 1.
Here are capsule descriptions of some of the key funding provisions for K-12 education:
Continue reading Federal Appropriations Bill for Education Gains U.S. Senate Subcommittee Approval
State Superintendent Tony Evers has scheduled listening sessions to gather input on implementation of the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and is inviting stakeholders from across the public and private education spectrum to participate.
Continue reading State Supt. Evers Schedules ESSA Listening Sessions, Appoints Equity Council
The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is intended to significantly shift authority and decision-making to the state and local level compared with the No Child Left Behind Law it replaced.
This week in Washington, a group that included Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers began discussions on how to implement the new law in a way that reflects that new balance between federal authority and state and local authority. As with many complex issues, the devil is often in the details. An update on those discussions follows.
For certain issues, ESSA requires the U.S. Department of Education (USED) to use a process known as “negotiated rulemaking” when writing regulations. Continue reading ESSA Negotiated Rulemaking Gets Underway
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts that will look at the changes made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new federal law that replaces No Child Left Behind, and what they might mean for Wisconsin schools.
The ESSA maintains the requirement for annual reporting of achievement test data disaggregated by subgroups of children, including low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities and English-language learners.
A change under ESSA is that, in addition, data will also have to be disaggregated by students’ status as migrants (children of migratory families), as homeless, and as children in foster care. Continue reading Reporting of Subgroup Data Expands under ESSA
This is the third in a series of blog posts that will look at the changes made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new federal law that replaces No Child Left Behind, and what they might mean for Wisconsin schools.
As noted in the previous post, under the ESSA states must continue to test students in reading or language arts and math in grades 3 through 8 and once in high school, and must break out the data for whole schools, plus different “subgroups” of students (English-learners, students in special education, racial minorities, those in poverty). Science testing will continue to be required at least once during grades 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12.
The ESSA gives local school districts an option to use a nationally recognized test at the high school level (e.g., the SAT or ACT) in place of the state assessment, provided this is approved by the state’s education agency (e.g., the Wisconsin DPI). (This will not be much of a change for Wisconsin, which administers the ACT Aspire and ACT tests to high school students in grades 9-11.) Continue reading A Look at Testing and Assessments under the ESSA
This is the second in a series of blog posts that will look at the changes made by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the new federal law that replaces No Child Left Behind, and what they might mean for Wisconsin schools.
Effective with the 2017-18 school year, under the ESSA states must have in place state accountability plans that, among other things: Continue reading A Look at State Accountability Plans Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Congress this week gave final approval to long overdue legislation to replace the No Child Left Behind Act, which has been in place for nearly 14 years. The replacement, signed into law today by President Obama and known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), makes some big changes.
This is the first in a series of blog posts that will look at the changes made by the new law and what they might mean for Wisconsin schools.
For Wisconsin as well as 41 other states and the District of Columbia that have received waivers from many of the law’s accountability mandates, NCLB has arguably been a thing of the past for a while, at least in some important ways. Continue reading Farewell No Child Left Behind, Hello Every Student Succeeds