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WVDE launches online survey, welcoming comments on ESSA plan
By Jake Jarvis, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Department of Education launched an online survey this week for people to offer input on its Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

The draft plan won’t be released for the public to review until August, though, according to Jessica Hall, a spokeswoman for the department. The state needs to submit the plan to the federal government in September.

In December 2015, then-President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, which regulates K-12 education across the United States. The bipartisan measure replaced the No Child Left Behind Act, which President George W. Bush had signed into law. It’s an update to the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The department posted a video on its website that gives a general overview of five accountability indicators in the department’s plan. The first indicator looks at grades from the annual statewide standardized testing for grades 3-8 and grade 11. The second indicator measures student progress. For elementary and middle school students, this means looking at county-selected assessments. For high school students, it means seeing how students are progressing toward graduation.

The final three indicators measure a school’s graduation rate, proficiency among English-language learners and a measure of student attendance and behavior reports.

The video says that, if a school is found to be deficient in one of the indicators, it will receive “targeted support in areas where improvement is needed.”

To view the department’s video and take a survey about the five indicators being considered, visit wvde.state.wv.us/essa. At that website, visitors also can sign up for periodic updates about the plan’s development.

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