The new Washington State Superintendent of Schools asked the public for comments about the proposed ESSA plan. We wanted to know who had commented and what they had to say. So, we submitted a Public Information Request to OSPI and they responded quickly with a document:
What will you find? The document is VERY large…21+mb
- 486 pages of comments from teachers, parents, groups, organizations and “in person” (which are handwritten rather than electronic)
- Social media comments captured as they were made in response to several different “Ads” OSPI ran
We scanned through it and found a wide range of comments. It appears that a number of individuals are NOT ESSA nor Common Core fans. They want the SBAC to go away.
We offer this for your consumption. If you choose to read it and want to comment back we’ll be happy to share your comments.
Groups that responded:
- WEA – pages 273 to 282 WEA strongly recommends that any plan the state submits to the Department of Education must address the following priorities:
• Accountability outcomes must be accompanied with ample funding – including the state’s full
compliance with the McCleary v. State Supreme Court order.
• Schools must only be held accountable for those factors within their control.
• The State must exercise its flexibility in the direction of less micro-managing of districts rather
• The State must agree to only what is strictly required by the federal government, and not agree to
maintain all current state laws in their current form – for example, the use of tests as a graduation
- WAPiE – pages 263-267 & 294-298
- OneAmerica (multiple submissions)