ESSA for Authorizers
The ESSA Transition: An Authorizer’s Planning Guide
As authorizers begin planning for the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), they will need to provide for continued accountability during and after the transition to ESSA in a way that is fair, consistent, and transparent for charter schools and the public.
The broad, sweeping changes to federal programs under ESSA will require a new vernacular and some changes in authorizers’ work. The guide includes checklists and timelines that authorizers can begin using now, as well as strategies for assessing how changes to state and local report cards will impact their portfolios, a sample Quarterly Work Plan and a list of state ESSA contacts.
ESSA Transition Resources by Area
February 2018: Your State ESSA Plan is Approved – Now What?
September 2017: On Being a Stakeholder and Informing Federal Policy
August 2017: Keeping Up with the Department of Education: Regulations on the Chopping Block, ESSA State Plans, and Impacts for Authorizers
January 2017 Kicking off 2017 with New Resources
December 2016: ESSA Final Regulation Issued
April 2016: New Resource for Authorizers
March 2016: 1/28/16 Dear Colleague Letter, 2/26/16 FAQ
January 2016: 12/18/15 Dear Colleague Letter for Authorizers
In addition to the Transition Planning Guide above, NACSA will be keeping you updated on these developments as they happen and rolling out new and refurbished tools to help your through this landmark transition. Stay tuned.
ESSA Explained: Implementation
Understanding ESSA: See what’s happening with ESSA implementation in your state using this resource from the Collaborative for Student Success.
ESSA Advisory Group
In January 2016, NACSA launched the ESSA Advisory Group.
The goals of this group are simple: to ensure the interests of authorizers are represented during ESSA implementation at the federal, state, and local level; and to help authorizers through every step of this transition.
- Steve Canavero, NV
- Cliff Chuang, MA
- Alan Coverstone, TN
- Gail Greely, CA
- DawnLynne Kacer, PA
- Mark Modrcin, OK
- Scott Pearson, DC
- Cindy Schumacher, MI
- Amanda Fenton, Staff
- Our efforts will comprehensively support quality authorizers of all types and sizes.
- We support charter-based accountability for charter schools during and after this transition.
- We will reflect the diversity of authorizers and the principles of the charter movement by putting forward recommendations that support high quality authorizing and charter schools in all settings.
- We commit to examining our own industry practices, integrating and reflecting changes or innovations in the field.
- We will contribute to the larger conversations in the education community by sharing lessons we have learned.
NACSA is here to Help
Are there questions you still have, new issues that have come up in your state, or successes you’ve had navigating similar types of transitions?
Please let us know! The more feedback we have on what is happening on the ground the better we can address authorizers’ needs during this important process.