From the Federal Register:
Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as Amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act-Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority
“. . . Under this authority, an SEA or consortium of SEAs that meets certain application requirements may establish, operate, and evaluate an innovative assessment system, and use the innovative assessment system for purposes of school accountability and reporting in its local educational agencies, or a subset of its LEAs or schools, instead of the applicable statewide assessment. SEAs already have flexibility to innovate their statewide assessment systems under title I, part A without using this demonstration authority . . .”
What is the point of spending money on creating something that already exists and is unnecessary?
“. . . On December 22, 2015, the Department published a request for information in the Federal Register soliciting advice and recommendations from the public on the implementation of title I of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA. We received 369 comments. We also held two public meetings with stakeholders—one on January 11, 2016, in Washington, DC, and one on January 19, 2016, in Los Angeles, California—at which we heard from over 100 speakers regarding the development of regulations, guidance, and technical assistance. In addition, Department staff have held more than 200 meetings with education stakeholders and leaders across the country to hear about areas of interest and concern regarding implementation of the new law.. . . ”
Public meetings were held at either end of the country in January. With current technology and social media, it would seem that our government would be able provide the public with more of an opportunity to be heard on such an important issue.
Who were these “education stakeholders and leaders” and who chose them to be part of these meetings?
Assessments and evaluations of student work and achievement must come from those in the educational environment of the child.
Assessments and evaluations of teachers must come from the administrators and parents of the teachers in the school community.
Billions of education tax dollars are being wasted to insure the educational failure of our children.
We must spend our education tax dollars educating our children.
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