In education policy news, Georgia has just completed a draft plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA, the successor statute to No Child Left Behind, is the federal law controlling funding and requirements for public education. ESSA requires States solicit public comments on the draft plan. Information on Georgia's plan is available here, and the deadline for submitting comments is July 14, 2017.
Major changes in the ESSA include more flexibility for states dealing with low-performing schools and increased data collection, especially progress monitoring of vulnerable subgroups. It is important that the community's voice be heard, because it is likely that this plan will be Georgia's education framework for the next decade.
One of my concerns is that the school quality indicator should not contain too many different measures, to make sure that the quality indicator is easy to understand and that particular measures are not lost in the noise.
Resources you can review to find more information
studentscantwait.org - a consortium of education advocacy organizations
State Snapshots from the National Center for Learning Disabilities
Georgia ESSA Advocacy Toolkit from Understood.org