States must go beyond Every Student Succeeds Act requirements and insist on equity in policy-making decisions to help students become better advocates for their own learning, write Don Long of the National Association of State Boards of Education and Ace Parsi of the National Center for Learning Disabilities. In this blog post, they outline recommended strategies.
The US Education Department is proposing an overhaul of its Office of Elementary and Secondary Education by teaming together employees with similar jobs to handle duties such as administration, monitoring and compliance. "It's about working more collaboratively to break down silos, and look at programs more holistically," spokeswoman Elizabeth Hill said.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is seeking to boost career and technical education programs through his proposed "Marshall Plan for Talent." The initiative would expand access to career counseling, scholarships and programs designed to prepare students for careers in the trades, IT and other fields.
The Ohio State Board of Education voted this week to ask lawmakers to delay adding an overall letter grade for schools on the fall 2018 state report card. Some school board members expressed concern that a single letter grade might be too simplistic and add to public concerns about the process.
Opportunity gaps can contribute to reading gaps for young learners, says Nell Duke, professor of literacy, language and culture at the University of Michigan. Some schools, including ones in Georgia, Minnesota and New York, are designing programs to help expand access to early literacy.
Ninety-four percent of teachers in the US spend their own money on classroom supplies, according to a survey by the National Center for Education Statistics. On average, teachers spend about $479 annually, with teachers in higher-poverty schools spending the most.
Join Washington's state board for online forums on career readiness, work-based learning
In partnership with NASBE, the Washington State Board of Education is hosting a pair of online forums on May 29 and May 30 in which leaders from seven states will share innovative approaches to preparing students for life after high school. Panelists will describe work-based learning opportunities in their states. They will also address coordination across multiple agencies, best practices for engaging employers, and alignment of work-based learning with graduation requirements and postsecondary pathways. Panelists include leaders in K-12, higher education, CTE, workforce development, and business from across the country. Register here.
New State Education Standard issue explores school turnaround strategies
The Every Student Succeeds Act offers state policymakers an opportunity to reset how they address low-performing schools. States can capitalize on the added flexibility under ESSA and approaches already adopted in many states and districts to help struggling schools. The new issue of NASBE's award-winning journal, The State Education Standard, showcases a variety of these approaches for state boards of education and state education agencies to consider. Read the full issue here.