Beyond Compliance: Independent Peer Review to Examine ESSA Plans

Last week the Collaborative for Student Success and Bellwether Education Partners announced a new effort to independently review state accountability plans.

The peer review is meant to capture the strengths and weaknesses of each state’s plan, highlight promising ideas as well as policies that work towards increasing achievement and promoting equity, and provide feedback to parents, educators, state policymakers, and advocates.

Former Governor, Jack Markell talks about the process in this video below, and why a review like this is so important. Check it out!

“Accountability is one of the strongest tools that a state has to ensure that all students are receiving a high-quality education,” said Jim Cowen, executive director of the Collaborative for Student Success. “Now that states have submitted their plans, we are delighted to shine a light on states that have built meaningful systems of accountability, and to offer guidance about how states can make their plans even more powerful. Importantly, our effort will provide a forum for all states to learn from each other to ensure the best education possible for their students.”

To learn more about the project and see the full list of current peer reviewers, click here.

Learn more about the effort from a new piece on The 74 Million.