On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, from 1 to 3 pm EST, Education Week will host an event looking into the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This Online Summit provides attendees an opportunity to interact with reporters and experts about implementation of the nation’s K-12 law.
Using the law’s specifics and states’ own ESSA plans as a jumping off point, Education Week journalists and expert guests will answer questions and guide online discussion in specialized booths focusing on how the law’s implementation affects:
• School improvement and accountability
• Data reporting and transparency
• Testing and student assessment
• Vulnerable groups of students, including English-learners, minorities, and those with disabilities
• Funding and resources at the state and federal levels
• New ways of weighing school quality and performance
KnowledgeWorks Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Lillian Pace will be a guest expert at the summit. From 1-2:30 pm, she will speaking about “ESSA and the Student Assessment Landscape” in a session moderated by Sarah D. Sparks, the assistant editor of Education Week
About this session
The federal mandate for standardized testing has given educators heartburn for a long time. An ESSA pilot program aims to prime the pump on other ways to gauge student achievement, lets them use SAT and ACT college-entrance exams for accountability purposes, and makes other changes. But it also keeps testing requirements in place. Sparks leads a discussion looking at what ESSA means for alternatives to the usual testing regime, and how states are rising to the challenge.