ESSA, EdTech, and the Future of Education

SETDA, CoSN, and ISTE all contributed to this resource: The Center for Digital Education’s publication, ESSA, EdTech & the Future of Education.

“The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is now the law of the land. Replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) does more than realign the federal government’s role in  Education. It also elevates technology’s use in education in unprecedented ways. These changes require new thinking from leaders at the school, district and state level. We’re releasing this handbook as states prepare their initial plans for state accountability requirements and other provisions of the new law. At the time of this writing, many states appear to be gravitating toward familiar models, albeit with considerable improvements in data, targeted interventions and instructional strategies that reflect the law’s emphasis on flexibility and local control. But there are opportunities for more dramatic transitions in what accountability means and how it is measured in schools, as well as in new models of teaching and learning. Technology plays a vital role in these areas, and ESSA provides new ways to help states and districts make these visions a reality…”

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