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May 22, 2018

DeVos Defends Civil Rights Record, Backs Better Pay for 'Great Teachers' at House Hearing

House Democrats and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos sparred over civil rights and ESSA, but largely avoided controversial questions about school safety in the aftermath of the Texas high school shooting last week.

May 20, 2018

Five Things to Watch for When Betsy DeVos Makes Rare Visit to Capitol Hill

The U.S. secretary of education will speak to lawmakers on the House education committee on Tuesday about the department's "policies and priorities."

May 17, 2018

ESSA: How Can States Figure Out If New School Improvement Ideas Work?

Two nonprofits that work with states suggest in a new report that they develop procedures to build evidence and establish outside partnerships, among other strategies to vet school improvement ideas.

May 16, 2018

Betsy DeVos Approves ESSA Plans for Alaska and Iowa

That brings the number of states with approved plans to 44, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Still awaiting the OK: California, Florida, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Utah

May 07, 2018

Betsy DeVos Greenlights ESSA Plans for Alabama, Colorado, and Kentucky

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has now approved ESSA plans from 42 states, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Big states like California and Florida, however, are still awaiting approval.

May 04, 2018

ESSA: Which States Are Eschewing School Grades?

At least ten states have plans to create some kind of accountability "dashboard", which consider school performance on a host of factors, but don't give an overall score to a school.

May 03, 2018

Betsy DeVos OKs ESSA Plans for South Carolina and Virginia

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has greenlighted two more Every Student Succeeds Act plans from Virginia and South Carolina. That brings the grand total of states with approved plans to 39, plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

April 30, 2018

Betsy DeVos Loves School Choice. But You Don't See Much of It in ESSA Plans

ESSA has some limited avenues for states to champion various types of school choice options. But only a handful of states are taking advantage of those opportunities, according to reviews of the plans.

April 28, 2018

How Can Districts and States Use ESSA to Bolster STEM and Computer Science?

The Every Student Succeeds Act doesn't include separate funding for science, technology, engineering, and math. But it does let states to use funding from other programs to bolster those subjects.

April 26, 2018

Tennessee's Assessment Woes May Be a Test for Betsy DeVos

Tennessee lawmakers' decision to essentially let districts toss this year's assessment scores due to technical difficulties could provide a gauge of how flexible the education secretary is willing to be in implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

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