ESSA Update: New survey available

ESSA Masthead

January 12, 2017 

Survey open now through January 31

In order to hear from as many Minnesotans as possible, we have created a survey to gather feedback about ESSAThe survey is available in four languages, and all responses are anonymous. We encourage all stakeholders, parents, students, teachers and staff to participate. Please share this opportunity with interested parties. The survey is open until January 31. Please contact with any questions. 

In the Community: Highlights from meetings we've attended

Nonpublic Education Council Meeting 

Staff from the Minnesota Department of Education were offered the opportunity to hear feedback from the Nonpublic Education Council on January 6. The council is tasked with advising the Commissioner of Education on issues affecting nonpublic education and nonpublic schools. Council members were interested to learn that MDE is in the process of preparing to implement ESSA mandates. 

Council members were interested in notification of allocations, equitable participation for nonpublic students taken off the top of the Title I allocation, and MDE appointing an ombudsman for nonpublic schools. Members and their communities will be looking for the draft state plan in order to offer more comments.

Northside Achievement Zone Parent Advisory Board

Parents from the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) Parent Advisory Board invited MDE staff to provide information on ESSA and hear feedback. Parents are deeply passionate about their community schools.

The discussion ranged from the need to increase the diversity of educators in the classroom and schools through the use of federal funds to increase equity, to the importance of early learning opportunities. MDE was encouraged to listen to student voices in looking at accountability. In addition, parents expressed that test results alone can’t describe educational success.

Community members were eager for districts to take steps to better engage families in their schools. MDE was encouraged to consider the NAZ model for schools and for community engagement to improve outcomes.

Look for it in the next issue...

  • Updated State Plan timeline
  • ESSA Committee summaries
  • Meeting recaps
  • And more!