Covering ESSA Accountability in the Trump Era


With states revamping their school accountability systems under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, recent actions by Congress and the Trump administration raise important questions about what’s ahead. First, the Senate last week narrowly approved a bill to repeal ESSA accountability rules issued by the Obama administration. (President Donald Trump is expected to sign the measure.) Also, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos just issued new ESSA guidelines for states.

In this EWA webinar, we unpack what the repeal vote and department guidelines will mean for states and school districts. We also probe where states are heading as they seek to rewrite their accountability plans. How will those plans be received by federal reviewers in the Trump administration? In what ways are states veering from their previous approaches to accountability? Are they embracing new measures of school quality? Will test scores continue to be the driving force? Will recent developments in Washington spark any last-minute pivots in states? What questions should journalists ask as they look at state plans?


  • Wednesday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. (eastern)