June 20, 2017 | Education Week

Early ESSA Plans Boost District’s School Improvement Role

“There’s a lot of reliance on that needs assessment being the vehicle through which you’ll identify the appropriate interventions,” said Terra Wallin, who worked as a career staffer at the federal Education Department on school turnaround issues and is now a consultant with Education First. The organization is working with states on ESSA implementation. “You’re not seeing a ton of detail on what [the school improvement] process is going to look like.”

That’s partly because states aren’t required to put their school improvement plans into practice until the 2019-20 school year, since some will likely use 2018-19 as a planning year, Wallin explained.

“What you’re seeing is totally logical. States have fewer details about school improvement because they are still figuring it out,” she said.

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