The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law December 10, 2015. Since that date, districts and educators have been familiarizing themselves with the new legislation and what it will require to gain compliance before the 2017-2018 school year when ESSA takes effect.
Implementing effective digital curriculum provides an option for schools and districts to achieve the core objectives outlined in the ESSA legislation while also meeting the individual needs of every student:
Another new year is upon us, and if you are like me, January is a time for looking back and looking forward. It is in this spirit that I reflect on how the role of digital curriculum has changed in our schools over the years. Years ago, when educational technology began to make its way into classrooms and computer labs, one of the primary goals was to introduce students to technology and to do so in ways that supported classroom learning.
When the No Child Left Behind Act was introduced, it challenged schools and districts to raise graduation rates. In an effort to meet that challenge, schools began offering credit recovery programs — opportunities outside of the standard curriculum for at-risk students to earn course credits and get back on the road to commencement.
Michael Horn's latest book, Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, aims to arm educators with the practical information needed to implement successful blended learning programs. As a result, Blended stands out as an invaluable how-to — not just for educators — but anyone interested in creating positive scalable solutions for our schools.