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ESSA Update.

Building on her commitment to empower parents with relevant, transparent information on local schools, Secretary DeVos released a resource guide to understanding report cards ( required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA directs states and school districts to publish report cards showing key indicators of state, district, and school performance and progress. Specifically, states and districts will report on student achievement, graduation rates, state accountability, school climate, teacher qualifications, and other measures. For the first time, states will also be required to report funding from federal, state, and local sources, as well as how much money is spent per student. Parents may utilize this information to make informed decisions about their child's current education and future learning pathways.

"Parents deserve to know what is happening in their child's school," the Secretary emphasized. "They should not have to parse through a 500-page legal document to understand how a law or policy affects their children's education. This guide demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing parents with user-friendly tools and the information necessary to make informed decisions. Informed parents become empowered and engaged parents who are able to better advocate on behalf of their children."

Also, the Department's Office of Educational Technology (OET) hosted a Report Card Design Challenge ( this week, challenging web content creators to design user-friendly, easy-to-understand landing pages and per-pupil expenditure pages.

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Date:Nov 9, 2018
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