Source: Education Dive

An analysis of 17 states’ plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), released Thursday by the nonprofit Collaborative for Student Success, provides a glimpse into how those states intend to target federal funding to improve low-performing schools. In four states — Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Tennessee — state education departments are taking a leading role in articulating a clear message regarding improvement and developing a system to monitor the process. Education agencies in five states — Connecticut, Idaho, Minnesota, North Dakota and Nevada — are working in partnership with districts and taking more of a “how can we help” approach, the report says. Finally, eight states have taken a district leadership approach, allowing districts to make decisions about interventions based on a local needs assessment. These states are Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New York and Texas.