February 21, 2017Event Recap

RFA facilitates panel on the implementation of ESSA at U.S. Capitol Hill Briefing

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On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, RFA convened leaders in the movement to advance the use of evidence in education on Capitol Hill for an interactive panel exploring the best ways to implement ESSA, the Every Student Succeeds Act. Over 100 people attended the hill briefing to learn more about how state and local flexibility and use of evidence can improve student outcomes. The standing room only event was followed by an audience Q&A session.

Featured Speakers and Panelists:
    • Jeremy Ayers, Vice President of Policy, Results for America (moderator)
    • Bob Balfanz, Co-Founder, Diplomas Now
    • Amanda Beaumont, Senior Education Counsel, Senate HELP Committee (Democratic staff)
    • Nichole Dunn, Vice President of Innovation and Community Impact, Results for America
    • Janice Eldridge, BARR (Building Assets Reducing Risks) Coordinator, Noble High School, North Berwick, Maine
    • Lindsay Fryer, Vice President, PennHill Group, and former Senior Education Policy Advisor, Senate HELP Committee
    • Brad McMillen, Assistant Superintendent for Data, Research, and Accountability, Wake County Public Schools, North Carolina
    • Nate SchwartzChief Research and Strategy Officer, Tennessee Department of Education
    • Matt Stern, Education Professional Staff, Senate HELP Committee (Republican staff)
ESSA explained:

The bipartisan Every Student Success Act (ESSA) gives states, districts, and schools more authority and opportunities to design their own educational systems. At the same time, ESSA requires and encourages the use of evidence-based approaches to improve student outcomes.Join us for a discussion about the needs and roles of states and districts in implementing ESSA, what successful strategies can teach us, and what the implications are for federal policy.

Learn more about ESSA and Results for America’s Evidence in Education Lab here.