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Friday Reading List: Check Out These ESSA Resources


In case you missed it, states turned in the very first batch of plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act this week. We have links to all nine of them here. And a number of advocacy groups and research organizations have—or are planning to create—some ESSA resources for states and advocacy groups.

• The National Association of State Boards of Education is out with a list of seven questions for state board members to ask about their plans.

• Chiefs for Change, the "reform-ey" organization, is out with a report highlighting the mighty power of some of the new funding flexibilities in ESSA.

• KnowledgeWorks is tracking how states use ESSA to bolster personalized learning. They have an interactive map and more, which you can check out here.

• Bellwether Education, a consulting group, and the Collaborative for Student Success, an advocacy organization, are teaming up on a sort of mock peer-review process. They'll scrutinize state plans with an eye towards those "guardrails" the law puts in place for historically disadvantaged groups of students. More from Carolyn Phenicie over at the 74.

Oh, and don't forget, Education Week has ESSA explainers, both a classic version and in video style:


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