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UPDATED Approved ESSA State Plan (Approved by ED on 8/30/2017)

Post By: ISBE
https://www.isbe.net/Pages/ESSA.aspx
SEE VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/185676606

​Updated: Approved ESSA State Plan - Approved by the U.S. Department of Education (08/30/17)
https://www.isbe.net/Documents/ESSAStatePlanforIllinois.pdf

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Illinois Board Of Education Approves Replacement For No Child Left Behind

"The new Illinois plan breaks from the 15-year-old No Child Left Behind law most significantly in two ways: how schools are graded by the state and how they’re treated if they fall short. Under the latter, the state intends to create a system of support for struggling schools called IL-Empower where pre-approved vendors will be called in to help. This is different than under the No Child law, which laid out a set of escalating sanctions for schools when they performed poorly."

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C-PP, Bath ready for more Common Core test opt-outs

C-PP Superintendent Mike Ginalski
http://www.the-leader.com/article/20160326/NEWS/160329799/?Start=2

Post By: The Leader

Last year, roughly 200,000 students across New York “opted-out” of taking the Common Core-aligned state assessment tests in English and math for grades 3 through 8.

Last year, roughly 200,000 students across New York “opted-out” of taking the Common Core-aligned state assessment tests in English and math for grades 3 through 8.

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Education Department Tells States: If Students Don't Take Tests, You Will Lose Funding

Acting Secretary of Education John King visits with pre-K students at JoAnn Leleck Elementary School.
"The volume of testing remains the same, which many parents and educators view as overkill."

Post By: HuffPost Education
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opt-out-tests_us_56aa87aee4b077d4fe8...

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Alexander Says School Choice Is “The Real Answer To Inequality In America”

Post By: The Chattanoogan.com
http://www.chattanoogan.com/2016/1/26/316789/Alexander-Says-School-Choic...

Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander released the following statement commemorating National School Choice Week 2016:

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ESSA: How Much Pull Does the Education Department Have Now?

Post By: Education Week
http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2016/01/essa_how_much_pull_...

As we've told you before, the Every Student Succeeds Act seeks to strike a balance between continuing federal protections for historically overlooked groups of students (like English-language learners and children in poverty) and reining in the federal government.

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