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Why Fordham's ESSA Outlook Is Sunnier Than Our Peers'

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Earlier this month, Bellwether Education Partners and the Collaborative for Student Success released a report assessing states’ ESSA plans. As The 74 reported, their reviews found them “largely lackluster,” a judgment that, at first blush, seems to conflict with Fordham’s own generally positive review of all fifty-one ESSA accountability plans. But don’t rely on first blushes.

Analysis and Commentary

A Response To Bill Honig Regarding Our Review Of California's ESSA Accountability Plan

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, December 8, 2017

Former California state superintendent Bill Honig recently wrote a blog post criticizing the recent Fordham study that we coauthored, Rating the Ratings: An Analysis of the 51 ESSA Accountability Plans. Although we respect his opinion, we take issue with two of his arguments.

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Good News For Students And Federalism: Most States Step Up On Accountability Under ESSA

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Thursday, November 16, 2017

When Congress enacted the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), shifting much education decision-making back to the states, many reformers, especially on the left, voiced concern that states would give up on rigorous accountability systems. “Federal pressure is a hard thing for people to swallow,” said Conor Williams, a senior researcher at New America, “but this law doesn’t give enough federal pressure for enough schools and doesn’t define the guardrails we need.”

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Three Ways Forward

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Bruno V. Manno, Brandon L. Wright via Hoover Digest
Monday, October 23, 2017

The charter movement has not one mission but three: improve teaching, spur districts to do better, and—as a last resort—reboot hopeless schools. 

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Diversifying Our Selective Colleges Begins In Kindergarten

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A recent New York Times analysis suggests that a generation of policies meant to bring racial proportionality to our selective colleges has failed. “Even after decades of affirmative action, black and Hispanic students are more underrepresented at the nation’s top colleges and universities than they were 35 years ago,” declared the authors.

Analysis and Commentary

Mississippi Needs Effective School Accountability Plan

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia The Clarion-Ledger
Sunday, August 27, 2017

After months of mixed signals, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appears poised to do what the Every Student Succeeds Act expects of her and approve state-developed school accountability plans. “My criteria for approval is clear,” she said recently. “Does the state's plan adhere to the law?” If so, she is “happy to approve it.”

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Analysis and Commentary

WV Has Chance To Make A Meaningful Education Plan

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia Charleston Gazette
Saturday, August 26, 2017

After months of mixed signals, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appears poised to do what the Every Student Succeeds Act expects of her and approve state-developed school accountability plans. “My criteria for approval is clear,” she said recently. “Does the state’s plan adhere to the law?” If so, she is “happy to approve it.”

Analysis and Commentary

Betsy DeVos Will Approve Whatever Policymakers Put Forward; Make Sure It's Good For Kids

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia Alabama Media Group
Friday, August 18, 2017

After months of mixed signals, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos appears poised to do what the Every Student Succeeds Act expects of her and approve state-developed school accountability plans. "My criteria for approval is clear," she said recently. "Does the state's plan adhere to the law?" If so, she is "happy to approve it."

Analysis and Commentary

Federal Education Policy: Now Deferring To States Like Minnesota

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia Star Tribune (MN)
Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Whatever plan our policymakers put forward likely will be approved. Make sure it's good for kids. 

Analysis and Commentary

The First 17 ESSA Accountability Plans Correct Many NCLB-Era Errors

by Brandon L. Wright , Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) grants states more authority over their school accountability systems than did No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—meaning that states now have a greater opportunity to design improved school ratings. In Fordham’s new report, Rating the Ratings: Analyzing the First 17 ESSA Accountability Plans, we examine whether states are making the most of the moment.

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