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  • September 24, 2017 | Education Week

    Inside ESSA Plans: How Are States Looking Beyond Test Scores?

    Chronic absenteeism and college-and-career readiness, on the other hand, are a lot easier to calcuate, even though states are defining and measuring them in all sorts of different ways.

    “States are choosing measures that they have the ability to measure in the near term rather than adding things in without a clear plan to correct and report on those measures,” said Terra Wallin, who worked on ESSA as a career staffer at the U.S. Department of Education and is now a consultant with Education First.  

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  • August 3, 2017 | THE Journal

    Could ESSA Plans Invigorate State STEM Intentions?

    Could states use their ESSA plans to formulate innovative ways to advance STEM in their schools? That’s the hope of an organization that recently examined the Every Student Succeeds Act plans developed by states for submission to the U.S. Department of Education. The analysis looked at the 17 plans that have already been submitted as well as eight other draft plans. The work was undertaken by education consultancy Education First on behalf of Overdeck Family Foundation, a family non-profit that supports programs for developing children’s love of education and especially the STEM subjects.

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  • July 30, 2017 | The 74

    This Week’s ESSA News

    In “Making the Most of ESSA: Opportunities to Advance STEM Education,” Education First concludes that, although states’ ESSA plans so far generally didn’t focus on STEM innovation, there were four main policies that continuously appeared in state ESSA plans. States are including state science assessment results, career/technical education, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate indicators in accountability systems, and compelling or incentivizing STEM elements in 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.

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  • July 26, 2017 | Advance CTE

    Top Findings from Reviews of State ESSA Plans

    Making the Most of ESSA: Opportunities to Advance STEM Education (Education First)

    Purpose: Education First, with support from the Overdeck Family Foundation, examined 25 state plans (including 17 submitted plans and an additional eight draft plans) to identify leverage points for STEM education and review whether and how states are taking advantage of these opportunities. Their review focused on four key dimensions of state plans: inclusion of state science assessments in accountability systems; including of Career Technical Education (CTE) indicators in accountability systems; inclusion of Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate indicators in accountability systems; and STEM elements in 21st Century Community Learning Centers.

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  • July 26, 2017 | Understanding ESSA

    New Resources on Local Engagement and Advancing STEM Opportunities

    Education First released a report on states’ efforts to advance opportunities in STEM education under ESSA. The report concluded that while plans did not largely focus on STEM innovation, there were four main policies that continuously appeared. States are including state science assessment results, career and technical education indicators, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate indicators in accountability systems, as well as requiring or encouraging STEM elements in 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.

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