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Few of us will miss No Child Left Behind. Yes, we appreciate the intentions behind the 15 year-old-legislation to close achievement gaps and advance quality education for all students. But we won’t miss the testing that drained so much of our instructional time and dampened our enthusiasm and creativity as educators.
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), measuring success for students and schools will shift to states. We can expect more flexibility and regional relevance about how we evaluate proficiency, improvement, and success. New funding frameworks will support the full range of student demographics, and programs to improve learning across a wider scope of contexts, by engaging and supporting students, families, and the community.
Honestly, though, who wants to read the law, and try to make sense out of what it means for your school, district, teachers, and staff? Enter PDLN’s course on the December 2015 law. Several short videos and a variety of other resources illuminate the new legislation and provide concrete information about how you might feel it at work in your classroom or school.
Watch our concise videos and read through a variety of online resources to develop a strong grasp of ESSA. Then complete an Assessment of Knowledge (AOK). We provide several options, including, as always, some that you can immediately apply in your professional practice.
Our credentialed reviewers will assess your work according to this rubric. Your badge certifies you’re fluent in the scope of the new law and and how it can support student learning.