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ESSA and Personalized Learning

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gives states significant flexibility to design personalized education systems that respond to the needs of every student. Over the last year, KnowledgeWorks analyzed each state’s ESSA plan to identify strategies that enable personalized learning. We then created a series of resources to help stakeholders understand the diverse approaches states propose to provide innovative and student-centered learning opportunities for students.

These three resources will help you explore the growing momentum around ESSA and personalized learning:

A dashboard of fast facts about ESSA and personalized learning

As more states and districts develop dashboards to communicate school performance data to stakeholders, KnowledgeWorks has developed its own dashboard to highlight the national momentum for personalized learning in state ESSA plans. This infographic-style dashboard provides a quick summary of our deeper analysis in Personalized Learning and the Every Student Succeeds Act: Mapping Emerging Trends for Personalized Learning in State ESSA Plans©.

Trends and states to watch in ESSA and personalized learning

The KnowledgeWorks policy team has reviewed drafts and approved ESSA state plans for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. In Personalized Learning and the Every Student Succeeds Act: Mapping Emerging Trends for Personalized Learning in State ESSA Plans©, we provide a comprehensive review of trends in the following sections of the ESSA state plan: Vision, Accountability, School Support and Improvement, Supporting Excellent Educators and Supporting All Students, alongside the key values that emerged in state plans to advance personalized learning experiences for students. The paper also offers a set of states to watch for promising ideas and policies that enable personalizing learning.

A state-by-state analysis of ESSA and personalized learning

Our state-by-state data set provides a detailed account of the policy strategies that each state included in its ESSA plan to advance personalized learning experiences for students. This data set covers the following categories: Vision, Academic Assessments, Accountability, School Support and Improvement, Supporting Excellent Educators and Supporting All Students.

Personalized Learning and the Every Student Succeeds Act: Mapping Emerging Trends for Personalized Learning in State ESSA Plans summarizes trends and strategies seen across state ESSA plans.