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Current ESSA State Plans

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How each state is handling ESSA is a challenging, ever-changing world that can be incredibly time-consuming to manage.  To help find the pertinent information on ESSA, Acumen has compiled a list of key resources.  Below is a list of each state’s ESSA website, and their current ESSA plan document.

 

State ESSA Home PagePlan Document
Alabama Alabama
AlaskaAlaska
ArizonaArizona
ArkansasArkansas
CaliforniaCalifornia
ColordaoColorado
ConnecticutConnecticut
DelawareDelaware
District of ColumbiaDistrict of Columbia
FloridaFlorida
GeorgiaGeorgia
HawaiiHawaii
IdahoIdaho
IllinoisIllinois
IndianaIndiana
IowaIowa
KansasKansas
KentuckyKentucky
LouisianaLouisiana
MaineMaine
MarylandMaryland
MassachusettsMassachusetts
MichiganMichigan
MinnesotaMinnesota
MississippiMississippi
MissouriMissouri
MontanaMontana
NebraskaNebraksa
NevadaNevada
New HampshireNew Hampshire
New JerseyNew Jersey
New MexicoNew Mexico
New YorkNew York
North CarolinaNorth Carolina
North DakotaNorth Dakota
OhioOhio
OklahomaOklahoma
OregonOregon
PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
Puerto RicoPuerto Rico
Rhode IslandRhode Island
South CarolinaSouth Carolina
South DakotaSouth Dakota
TennesseeTennessee
TexasTexas
UtahUtah
VermontVermont
VirginiaVirginia
WashingtonWashington
West VirginiaWest Virginia
WisconsinWisconsin
WyomingWyoming
Garth HansenCurrent ESSA State Plans
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Aligning Your Revenue Goals with Sales Objectives

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We, at Acumen Partners, have had the opportunity to work with many talented people across all walks of life and industry. Our team has been associated with many great organizations. Recently, we have had conversations with senior leaders from across various business landscapes and have discussed the challenges executives and their sales teams face in achieving their primary revenue goals. This challenge, as we all know, is nothing new! Revenue Challenges come at different times within an organization and often wear different cloaks.

Steven RowleyAligning Your Revenue Goals with Sales Objectives
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Insulate Your Company From “Self-Blind” Leadership

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Take a look at the following statistics and see if you can identify a troubling trend:

  • 84% of Frenchmen estimate that they are above average lovers.
  • 68% of University of Nebraska faculty rated themselves in the top 25% in teaching ability.
  • 93% of US students estimate themselves to be “above average” drivers.

See a pattern here?  Overconfidence isn’t just a phenomenon in the general public.  It literally runs rampant in certain quarters of the business world.

Steven RowleyInsulate Your Company From “Self-Blind” Leadership
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ESSA UPDATE: Are ESSA’s New Evidence Requirements a Hard Stop for You?

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It’s a big issue!  ESSA establishes a very high threshold defining what schools can now assert as “evidence” to support product purchases.  Anecdotal success stories are out. Soft research beefed up with marketing jargon won’t pass muster.  Strong alignment with rigorously performed theoretical work is now the minimum starting point and no longer the key to school funding.

So…how big of a problem is “Evidence” to you as ESSA takes full effect this fall?

Short of clear ESSA Rules & Regulations being available to soften the blow, the definition of “Evidence” as outlined in the Every Student Succeeds Act is the minimum standard that legislators, educators, and commercial partners must meet.

Here are a few obsolete “NCLB” data strategies that every vendor must rethink:

Steven RowleyESSA UPDATE: Are ESSA’s New Evidence Requirements a Hard Stop for You?
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ESSA UPDATE: Impact of Executive Orders On ESSA Roll-Out

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As the new administration settled into their seats in Washington DC, President Trump and Sec. DeVos made many announcements regarding shifting priorities for the Federal Department of Education.  Headlines have included significant changes to school choice, accountability, funding eligibility, the status of the Common Core, etc.

Whether you are a vendor or an educator, whether you favor the Trump/DeVos pronouncements or not, the real question you should be asking is: Can they do that? Can the White House and the DOE actually make all the changes they are announcing?

Steven RowleyESSA UPDATE: Impact of Executive Orders On ESSA Roll-Out
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ESSA Update: The Battle for Fall Funding

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The first “back-to-school” season under ESSA legislation is shaping up to be one of the most chaotic and challenging seasons on record for both schools and vendors.   For vendors, success in navigating the 2017/18 school year will depend on their ability to follow two simple rules:

  1. Find the Money
  2. Follow the Money
Steven RowleyESSA Update: The Battle for Fall Funding
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Proven Leaders are Also Great Readers

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Great leaders read. It’s a short sentence but it is layered with meaning.  What is it about reading that makes it such a universal passion among people who are best suited to lead people and organizations?  Is it that leaders read books that contain all the answers? Not likely.  The realities of today’s rapidly changing market place have no historical precedent. 21st century business leaders must handle challenges that have never been seen before.

Andres AfanadorProven Leaders are Also Great Readers
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Recruiting in the World of Start-ups

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Recruiting in the World of Start-ups

Who would benefit most from the services of a recruiter? It is actually the Start-Up! One essential hire – whether in sales, operations or general management could cut in half the time required to move from start-up to growth.

Gloria ElliottRecruiting in the World of Start-ups
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Acumen and Unravelling ESSA – a Timeline

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Acumen and Unravelling ESSA – a Timeline

Acumen Partners, as part of our due diligence for ourself and our client companies, keeps up-to-date on political and economic trends that effect education and the companies that provide programs for educators.  Our staff has the ability and the capacity to analyze changes and provide warnings when new programs or regulations are on the horizon.  Acumen Partners followed the unheralded adoption of ESSA as it quickly made its way through the legislative system and finally reached President Obama’s desk in December of 2015.

Gloria ElliottAcumen and Unravelling ESSA – a Timeline
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