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States are expected to move ahead with full implementation of ESSA for the 2017-18 school year, which means that districts should be planning ahead now. Resources and advice about how to go about implementing new initiatives or understanding how ESSA is going to change schools will be plentiful in the coming months. Beyond nonprofit education organizations, schools can also look to their own state boards of education for support, and district leaders should be engaging with state boards to impact final rules to which they’ll soon be held.
When it comes to English learners, ESSA brings a handful of new requirements for ensuring equity for students. For one, districts will no longer be able to make up their own definitions for classifying students as English learners. States will have to come up with uniform processes. There are also changes to assessment, reporting and the importance of English proficiency.