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Some Raise Concerns Over Texas’ Federal School Accountability Plan

The U.S. Department of Education approved Texas’s plan last week

 

Experts said parts of Texas’s federal school accountability plan are promising, but they also have some concerns.

The U.S. Department of Education approved Texas’s plan last week.

Anne Hyslop helped write the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. That’s the law prompting states to create accountability plans.

She said Texas is one of only a few states using a competition to distribute school improvement funds.

“Whenever you are using funds competitively, I think you just get stronger plans. People take the process more seriously, because they know that they have to have a strong application in order to get access to those critical resources,” explained Hyslop.

But Hyslop said state law could weaken Texas’s plan because it allows school districts to *change* their accountability standards.

That means there won’t be consistent statewide measurements.

The ESSA plans go into effect next school year.

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