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Vol. 1: Every Student Succeeds Act

Policy News Update

The Every Student Succeeds Act:

ESSA v. NCLB, What are the Differences? 

 In the table shown, a comparison can help non-practitioners understand the complex pieces of the Education Law to support greater understanding and advocacy for families making quality school choices.
Standard for the Case
As the new law of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) attempts to put the State Department of Education back into the driver’s seat, it is imperative that parents, community members, practitioners and legislators are up-to-date on these policy changes and advocate for quality schools in each city of the State of Ohio.  As The State will be creating the standards and assessments it is our goal to ensure learning standards that are rigorous and provide opportunities for every child in Cleveland to graduate prepared for college or a career path. regardless of zip code, We are also committed to advocating transparency and equity regarding the State’s Report Card to support parents’ quality choices and to recognize student growth as a measure for improvement. 
The plans for the rollout of this law are being made this year with full implementation to take place for the 2017-2018 school year.  Cleveland Schools are committed to offering high-quality classrooms for all children and will monitor and report the progress of these provisions so that all Cleveland families have opportunities to support their scholars. 
Who are the Stakeholders in ESSA, and what is their role?
Governor Kasich
  • Makes the State Budget
  • Governs Ohio Department of Education
  • Appoints members of the State School Board

Ohio General Assembly including the Cleveland Delegation
ROLE in ESSA: Create and Pass Legislation; Modify and Pass State Budget
  • State Senator Sandra Williams - District 21
  • State Senator Mike Skindell - District 23
  • State Representative Kent Smith - District 8
  • State Representative Janine Boyd - District 9
  • State Representative Bill Patmon - District 10
  • State Representative Stephanie Howse - District 11
  • State Representative John Barnes - District 12
  • State Representative Nickie Antonio - Distict 13
  • State Representative Martin J Sweeney - District 14

Ohio Department of Education
ROLE in ESSA: Develop a State Plan to follow the Federal Guidelines for all public and charter schools in Ohio

(Newly Selected) State Superintendent: Paolo DeMaria

Ohio School Board/Cleveland Delegate
ROLE in ESSA: Hear and vote on policies regarding Education Influence Law Makers and Represent Citizens

Cleveland Delegate: Mary Rose Oakar

Next Up: A closer look at Student Growth Measures in the State Ohio
“What they are and what they should be!”