ESSA: How Much Will it Change School Testing, Equity, Diversity and Discipline Practices?

Thursday, October 12, 2017 -
9:00am to 11:00am EDT
Philanthropy New York, 1500 Broadway, 7th Floor, NYC
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When President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in 2015 to replace its controversial predecessor the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), each state was given more power and tasked with producing its own framework for identifying and intervening in struggling schools. This flexibility was seen as an opportunity for states to think past test scores and focus on other indicators of student success such as diversity, discipline, and equity. New York’s draft ESSA plan was recently approved by the Governor and is now awaiting final approval from the US Department of Education for implementation in the 2018-2019 school year. 

Philanthropy New York’s Education Working Group, is excited to host a discussion with Chancellor Betty A. Rosa, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, policy experts, and parent advocates that will unpack New York’s draft plan and explore what it signifies for the future of education policy in the state. The collective input provided from teachers, students, parents, advocates, and community members during the public comment period seems to signal a framework of more inclusion, but many also say it is not a substantial enough departure from NCLB.  And so, the discussion will also cover how the draft plan envisions moving from policy to practice and what it might look like as it trickles down in classrooms across the state.

  • What is in New York’s ESSA plan and how it differs from NCLB
  • What accountability measures are outlined in the plan and do they signify a shift in education policy
  • Whether ESSA requires or permits a shift in the State addressing the following issues: equity, integration, school discipline, transparency, socio-emotional learning, resourcing
  • What implementation might look like in the 2018-2019 school year and beyond
  • How New York plans to use the ESSA Block Grant
  • What items were left out of the plan that the State might also address
  • How ESSA might shift grantmaking


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