Today we had the great pleasure to hear the incoming US Secretary of Education, John King, Jr. (@JohnKingatEd), speak at the IES meetings we are attending in Washington, DC. During his speech, he discussed the importance of embracing the challenge of closing the achievement gap that exists in our public schools and between our students. While No Child Left Behind had noble goals and intentions to 'level the playing field', it actually caused achievement to fall and pressure to mount at all levels of our education system. Not a good recipe for anybody. One of the (general) changes in the Every Student Succeeds Act is that the States will have more flexibility AND responsibility in setting and implementing their education goals. This is (IMO) good because State Education Agencies (SEA's) are closer to the unique challenges that exist in their classrooms.
Lingo Jingo is very glad to be supporting the Every Student Succeeds Act and its focus on making accountability for the success of English Language Learner students a priority. Also, as most of us in Lingo Jingo are from deep IT backgrounds, the use of more "evidence based" methods that are to be used to drive decisions at every level of for education, really resonates with us.
To get a GREAT overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act, read the article The Every Student Succeeds Act: Explained from Education Week. It's excellent and provides information on what the Act means for not just ELL's but for SEA's, teachers, administrators, special needs students, funding, and more.
The future is bright!