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State Board Association Creates ESSA Tracker

As the first deadline for state accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act approaches on April 3, many state boards of education are meeting this month to vote on crucial policies that will dictate, among other things, school accountability systems and how federal dollars are distributed in the coming years.  

Curious how state school boards are handling new policies under the Every Student Succeeds Act?

The National Association of State Boards of Education this week launched a website that tracks all 50 states' boards of education meeting minutes regarding ESSA plans.  

More than 45 state boards of education have authority over content-standards adoption and 32 state boards have direct authority over the summative assessments—all issues that are part of ESSA plans, and five additional states where the SBE shares authority. 

NASBE and the National Conference of State Legislatures have both urged their members to make sure that state board policies and state statutes align with their state ESSA plans. 

The tracker is categorized by subject and tracks when board members discussed and voted on items such as standards, stakeholder engagement and accountability indicators.  

Check out the tracker here.  

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