Transition to ESSA from No Child Left Behind
The Deer Park Community CIty School District is joining other area districts that are members of the Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network (GCSAN) in voicing concern on the amount of student testing and the implementation of the recent Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
According to the U.S. Department of Education, ESSA – the federal education act that replaced No Child Left Behind in December 2015 – builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country. In practice ESSA was established in part to allow for more state-driven measures on student performance targets and school ratings, with state-developed identification and intervention for district accountability.
Currently, the federal testing requirements include reading and math in grades 3-8 and one high school test. However, the State of Ohio expands on those minimum requirements to include testing in reading, math, science and social studies in grades 5-8, and multiple end-of- course exams for high school.
The district wants to ensure our community’s voice is heard regarding Ohio’s implementation of ESSA. The Ohio Department of Education will be hosting several ESSA stakeholder meetings – with one in Cincinnati scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 PM, Thursday, Sept. 29. Click here to see full details for the event and to register.
The more than 50-district strong Greater Cincinnati School Advocacy Network (GCSAN) was developed in 2015 to build a collective voice of school districts advocating for students with lawmakers in Columbus and Washington, D.C.
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