ESSA and Opportunities for Communities

Topics: Community Partnerships, Education Policy, ESSA

At the 2016 StriveTogether National Convening, Anne Olson and Lillian Pace led a session on the role of community liaisons with the new ESSA law. There is a lot to work through with the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). How is it different from No Child Left behind (NCLB)? How can we leverage its flexibilities to thoughtfully implement personalized learning? How can states better understand new opportunities with assessment and accountability?

One important piece that’s often left out of ESSA discussion is the role of the community liaison. At the recent 2016 StriveTogether Cradle to Career Convening, Rise Up: Education Excellence for Every Child, Lillian Pace and I worked with community partnerships across the country to discuss just that.

In our session, we reviewed a state’s draft accountability report card and its implications within a community. We discussed how community liaisons can work with parents and community members to make new data easier to understand.  We talked about making sure every community has a voice in the ongoing application of the law.