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ESEA – How Did We Get Here?. No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) – enacted 2001 Why was it so strict? Role of special ed advocates Required all students to be proficient by 2014 – significant consequences attached to failure NCLB allows for Secretary to grant waivers (unlike IDEA).

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esea how did we get here
ESEA – How Did We Get Here?
  • No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) – enacted 2001
    • Why was it so strict?
    • Role of special ed advocates
  • Required all students to be proficient by 2014 – significant consequences attached to failure
  • NCLB allows for Secretary to grant waivers (unlike IDEA)
esea reauthorization
ESEA Reauthorization
  • Started in earnest in 2011
    • Harkin introduced ‘bipartisan’ bill in Fall of 2011
    • Kline came up with 5 bills in the House
      • Charter school bill only one that had bipartisan support
  • And then……nothing happened until….
secretary duncan started granting waivers
Secretary Duncan Started Granting Waivers
  • In September, 2011, Secretary Duncan invited states to apply for waivers
  • Status of waiver requests:
    • 47 states, DC, Puerto Rico and BIE have applied for waivers
    • 39 states & DC have been approved
    • States NOT applying: CA, MT, ND and NE – 9 LEAs in CA representing more than 1 million students have jointly applied for waivers
what do waiver states have to do
What Do ‘Waiver States’ Have to Do?
  • College and career-ready standards
  • Adopt the Common Core/New assessments
  • Identify priority schools
  • Identify focus schools
  • Reward high achieving schools
  • Implement educator effectiveness evaluations
issues with waivers
Issues with Waivers
  • Subgroup accountability
  • Requirements in general, educator effectiveness evaluation HUGE issue
  • Should LEAs be granted waivers?
  • Impact on new ESEA?
more on waivers
More on Waivers
  • Duncan authorized waiver of waiver requirements regarding implementation of teacher evaluation plans
which brings us to
Which Brings Us To…..
  • ESEA reauthorization déjà vu all over again
which brings us to1
Which Brings Us To…..
  • ESEA reauthorization déjà vu all over again
which brings us to2
Which Brings Us To…..
  • ESEA reauthorization déjà vu all over again
  • Or…Ground Hog Day.. Part 3
current status of esea reauthorization
Current Status of ESEA Reauthorization
  • Senate markup was June 11-12
    • Two bills: Chairman Harkin’s version
      • Would allow state waivers to continue and require achievement, growth goals and accountability plan in states where no waiver
    • Ranking member Alexander’s version
      • States could design their own accountability system; would require subgroup accountability
more on senate esea
More on Senate ESEA
  • Harkin bill does include references to UDL, RTI, PBIS
  • Teacher evaluations must be based in part on student performance
  • Overall concerns:
    • 1%/2% issues
    • Vouchers
    • Overall accountability for students with disabilities
more on senate esea1
More on Senate ESEA
  • Expect to go to Senate floor in September
house version of esea
House Version of ESEA
  • Two bills in the House:
    • Chairman Kline
    • Ranking Member Miller
  • Committee markup was June 19
  • Kline bill:
    • States can design their own accountability systems
    • Continues subgroup disaggregation
    • Gets rid of maintenance of effort
more on house esea
More on House ESEA
  • More on Kline bill:
    • Eliminates cap on alternate assessment
    • Merges numerous programs -- what’s wrong with block granting programs??
    • Could transfer funds among programs
    • Requires use of teacher evaluation system based in part on student outcomes
  • Miller substitute was rejected
  • Floor vote expected this week
more on house esea1
More on House ESEA
  • Watch for voucher amendments
  • Amendment to change funding formula
results driven accountability rda
Results-Driven Accountability (RDA)
  • Began in early 2012 – OSEP announced suspension of monitoring visits
  • Established working group to discuss options
  • Invited input from stakeholders
components of rda
Components of RDA
  • State Performance Plan (SPP)/Annual Performance Report (SPR) to focus more on outcomes
  • Determinations – will broadly reflect state performance -- not just compliance and accurate data
  • Differentiated monitoring and technical assistance based on weighted identification of states
where are we now in the process
Where Are We Now in the Process?
  • Proposed revisions to Indicators for the SPP/APR were put out for comment this spring
  • OSEP will consider comments/make final proposal to OMB
  • Final proposal will go out for 30-day comment period
  • New SPP/APR will be used for APR due February 1, 2015
new indicator 17 part b and 11 part c
New Indicator 17 (Part B) and 11 (Part C)
  • New: State Systemic Improvement Plan
    • Removes plans from individual indicators
    • Questions remain
      • How is this plan tied to other state improvement activities?
      • Data reporting in general – connection to other ED program reporting, especially Consolidated State Performance Plan (CSPP) under Title I of the ESEA
just in case your head isn t spinning yet
Just In Case Your Head Isn’t Spinning Yet….
  • There’s:
    • The President’s early childhood initiative
    • President’s E-rate initiative
    • Mental health initiatives
    • Workforce Incentive Act (WIA) – includes vocational rehabilitation
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