Hawaii’s Blueprint for Education

Very few states have seen the level of educator engagement on ESSA that has been occurring in Hawaii. Aloha state educators know this is their opportunity to add their voice to this conversation if ESSA implementation to advocate on behalf of their students and their profession. In 2016, Gov. David Ige assembled an ESSA task

How MSEA Led the Way in ESSA Implementation

Under ESSA, communities can push policymakers to include factors that focus on more than test scores. For example, in the week preceding key legislative votes, MSEA members made more than 700 phone calls to legislators specifying the need for a sound ESSA plan, less testing, and the prevention of school privatization. In collaboration with other

Moving ESSA from Main Street to the Statehouse

In events leading up to the POSA vote, NEA President Lilly Eskelsen García and more than 400 other educators and community members rallied on March 13 at MSEA headquarters in Annapolis to advocate for a narrative of positive change around ESSA. Despite a forecast of heavy snow, educators marched to legislative office buildings to visit

Tentative Agreement Reached to Reduce Standardized Testing

Members of the Sacramento Classroom Teachers Association’s (SCTA) ESSA Implementation Team are being credited with leading the way to a tentative agreement to reduce standardized testing within the Sacramento City Unified School District. The team of SCTA members created a broad coalition of students, families, and community partners to participate in the bargaining process. In