Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Resources

May 1, 2017

As state education agencies (SEAs) continue to develop and implement their ESSA plans, the Northwest Comprehensive Center has been providing on-the-ground technical assistance to each of the five SEAs we serve. In addition to our direct assistance, the Comprehensive Center Network’s seven national Content Centers provide resources and information specific to their areas of expertise. Examples of these resources are below. Visit the Content Centers’ websites for more information and resources.

Center on College and Career Readiness

Using College and Career Readiness to Plan and Implement ESSA
A framework to help states align their college and career readiness definitions with relevant policy provisions under ESSA

State Planning Tool for Standards-Based Accountability Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
A set of tools to help states recognize and correct gaps between ESSA and state policies and systems that support standards, assessments, accountability determinations, school improvement, and public reporting

College and Career Readiness Begins With a Well-Rounded Education: Opportunities Under the Every Student Succeeds Act
A brief describing how states can develop and implement their own definitions of a well-rounded education focused on improving college and career readiness

Center on Great Teachers and Leaders

ESSA Supports Learning Hub
A platform that offers quick and easy access to resources that align with consolidated planning around teachers and leaders

Principals Action Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act: Providing All Students with A Well-Rounded and Complete Education
An interactive tool that helps principals engage with state and district leaders as they prepare to submit ESSA consolidated plans and implement the new law

Teacher Effectiveness in the Every Student Succeeds Act: A Discussion Guide
A guide for state leaders and their stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussion about how to define teacher effectiveness

Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes

Early Learning and ESSA
A web page with an array of resources to help state early learning offices prepare for ESSA implementation

ESSA and Early Learning Blog
A new blog series highlighting early learning opportunities and challenges under ESSA

Every Student Succeeds Act and Opportunities to Prioritize Early Learning Policy: State Scan
An ongoing review of SEA websites to help the field identify opportunities and best practices for supporting effective engagement of early childhood stakeholders in ESSA planning and implementation

A Supplemental Tool for Structuring Your Plan for Preschool to Third Grade
Questions to consider when creating a comprehensive state plan for preschool to grade 3

Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation

Resources for ESSA Implementation
A collection of resources organized by major topics within ESSA: accountability, assessment, college and career readiness, data use, and special populations

Communicating the Every Student Succeeds Act Spotlight
A comprehensive and practical collection of communication tools that states have created to discuss ESSA and the impact it will have at the state and local level

Consolidated State Plans Spotlight
Links to publicly available draft state plans, as well as information regarding the development of state plans and how states have involved stakeholders during the development process

Center on Building State Capacity and Productivity

ESSA Financial Transparency and Reporting: Getting Started Data Inventory
A framework states can use to identify data readiness to quantify spending by school

Opportunities and Challenges in a New Policy Environment: A Conversation with State Chiefs
Information for SEAs about how chief state school officers are thinking about addressing ESSA, specifically the need for SEAs to be able to make measurable educational improvements while undergoing tremendous leadership turnover

Center on Innovations in Learning

Advancing Personalized Learning Through the Iterative Application of Innovation Science
A practice guide to help educators think about personalized learning as a process that has many expressions, rather than a program that is either present or not

Handbook on Personalized Learning for States, Districts, and Schools
A handbook reflecting the personalized learning goals of ESSA and the view of personalized learning as a learning innovation; suitable for readers interested in clarifying and organizing the many aspects of this evolving topic

Connect: Including the Learner in Personalized Learning
An issue brief that explores how to help students become active partners in their own learning

Center on School Turnaround

The Role of Technical Assistance in Turning Around Rural Schools: Lessons for ESSA Implementation
A webinar that explores how the experience of rural schools that received School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding can inform how state education agencies, rural schools, and technical assistance providers prepare to meet school improvement demands under ESSA

A First Look at State Responses to ESSA and Low-Performing Schools
A report revealing important information about SEA leaders’ early reactions to ESSA as it applies to school improvement

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