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Betsy DeVos Greenlights Texas' ESSA Plan


U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has given a stamp of approval to Texas' plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.

A pioneer in the accountability movement, Texas is planning to stick with its A through F system of grading schools. And it will use college and career readiness as its school quality indicator, gauging that through Advanced Placement and military readiness, among other factors. 

An independent review of ESSA plans by Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success noted that Texas' long-term goals expected graduation rates for white students to dip in the future. That's something the department noticed, too—and asked Texas to change.

For those keeping score at home, DeVos has now approved ESSA plans for 34 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 

Photo: Swikar Patel for Education Week

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