Have State Engagement Efforts Under ESSA Been Meaningful?
We are excited to share Process and Protest, a report exploring how thoughtful, meaningful, structured, and ongoing engagement among a variety of stakeholders is essential to unlocking the promise of ESSA and advancing excellence with equity in our schools.
Process and Protest analyzes the submitted consolidated ESSA state plans for SEA efforts to establish systems for ongoing stakeholder engagement.
What We Found:
Our review of these plans identifies a few Promising Practices from individual states as well as some room for growth shared across states:
1. Reach the Unreached, the Left Behind, and the Left Out
2. Show Your Work
3. Show Some Grit
4. Maximize Your Resources
5. Double Down
Extending far beyond developing state ESSA plans, we believe that the interests of educational equity are best served through focused and ongoing dialogue with the communities that have the most to gain and to lose in education reform. We hope that this report provides useful guidance for SEAs, LEAs and advocates in supporting a comprehensive system and culture of engagement as a foundational part of decision-making and continuous improvement.