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COPAA Submits Testimony on Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act

Tuesday, July 18, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Denise Marshall

On July 18, 2017 COPAA submitted testimony to the House Education and Workforce Committee regarding the committee’s examination of state planning to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. COPAA said,

“With only sixteen states having submitted plans, the bulk of ESSA state plans are yet to come. Therefore, it is imperative as ESSA plans are formally peer reviewed that the Secretary uphold the statutory requirements of ESSA, communicate any incongruities found after initial review, and require strict adherence to the law as written…We have seen very troubling provisions in state plans thus far that:

  • reduce or limit expectations of students (e.g. by setting low achievement goals);
  • avoid full transparency in the data (e.g. by selecting a high N size or not using data disaggregated by student subgroup for differentiation and identification of schools in need of improvement);
  • diminish the importance of honest measures of the academic progress of all children (e.g. proposing low proficiency or graduation rates); or,
  • delay interventions when any group of students is struggling academically.”
Click here to read COPAA’s full testimony 

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