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Betsy DeVos OKs ESSA Plans for Minnesota, West Virginia


January 12, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has greenlighted Minnesota and West Virginia's plans for implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. They are the first two states that submitted plans in the fall to win federal approval.

Minnesota is planning to use attendance as its indicator of school quality and student success. And the state is planning to identify successful schools as well as those in need of help. When Minnesota turned in its plan this fall, it said it planned to create a "dashboard" at some point down the road, which would incorporate a variety of school performance factors. In the meantime, the state said it was still working out how to rate its schools. That didn't appear to raise any eyebrows at the Department of Education, according to the state's feedback letter. But the feds told Minnesota officials they needed to better explain how the state would ensure that poor children have access to their fair share of effective teachers.


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