Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law by President Obama in December of 2106, states have a much greater degree of flexibility in order to meet federal requirements for accountability.
When the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) releases the 2016 Local Report Card (LRC) in mid-September we will see a few changes that have been planned for several years. The biggest change will be that the 2016 LRC will assign A-F letter grades to the six (6) major components of the report card: ACHIEVEMENT, GAP CLOSING, K-3 LITERACY, PROGRESS, GRADUATION RATE AND PREPARED FOR SUCCESS. In this blog, I will break down how each of these letter grades are determined for each component. The ODE recently conducted a webinar to explain these changes and a copy of the PowerPoint from that presentation is below.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)is the long awaited re-authorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2002. ESSA, signed by President Obama in December of 2015, returns a great measure of decision making along numerous measures of school success to state departments of education by updating and replacing President George W. Bush's signature education legislation. The following is an overview of just some of the areas that states will need to make decisions in order to set policy for the eventual implementation of ESSA beginning with the 2017-18 school year.