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Weekend Reads: Meet ESSA, the new NCLB that (maybe) ends the accountability era

Outgoing U.S. Education chief Arne Duncan visits Memphis in October. Tennessee has overhauled much of its public education system to align with Duncan's agenda related to academic standards, accountability and improvement of struggling schools.
Outgoing U.S. Education chief Arne Duncan visits Memphis in October. Tennessee has overhauled much of its public education system to align with Duncan's agenda related to academic standards, accountability and improvement of struggling schools.
Kayleigh Skinner
  • The Every Student Succeeds Act, the NCLB replacement that became law this week, keeps testing but loses accountability, basically. Politics K-12
  • The new law represents a repudiation of outgoing U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s approach. FiveThirtyEight
  • But it’s not at all clear how much it will actually change life for individual students and teachers. The Atlantic
  • How ESSA is like a “Game of Thrones” plot point about the randomness of destiny Andy Rotherham
  • The Common Core takes another blow this week when New York’s governor recommends revising the standards there. Chalkbeat
  • New York City’s teachers union president lists three “school ‘reform’ myths,” starting with the idea that merit pay works. Education Week
  • American students aren’t tested a lot, at least compared to their counterparts in lots of other countries. The Hechinger Report
  • Twins whose teachers have very different philosophies show their mother the value and danger of homework. Motherlode
  • A growing number of Teach For America teachers are second-generation — they were taught by TFA teachers themselves. The 74 Million
  • Schools with many poor students don’t just have inexperienced teachers — many have temporary teachers. The Washington Post
  • An English teacher is polling her colleagues about how they include fiction in the age of Common Core. On the Shoulders of Giants
  • A science teacher shares her journey from teaching about rocks to getting her middle schoolers to code. Chalkbeat
  • The success of coding curriculums depends on their implementation, as two Arizona districts illustrate. Education Week
  • A Chicago school founded with a gaming focus is changing approaches to avoid closure. Catalyst
  • Can people without kids have “skin in the game” of education policy? Here’s an argument for yes. Grand Rounds
  • Get to know a Colorado school that has no graduation gap among students of different ethnicities. Chalkbeat

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