The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) held another Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) listening session on Wednesday, May 11. The focus of the MDE session was on “Social-Emotional Learning, School Climate and Healthy Learning Environments.”
The importance of this topic was evident not only by the large number of interested attendees, but also because this area has received some serious consideration for one of the new indicators for success under ESSA. States have been given some discretion in the selection of an indicator of success. Under Title I, the state may choose at least one indicator to measure school quality or student success, which may include:
- Student engagement,
- Educator engagement,
- Student access to and completion of advanced coursework,
- Postsecondary readiness,
- School climate and safety, or
- Another indicator that the state chooses.
A decision on this indicator was not made at this meeting. However, as the state’s plan begins to take shape, a decision based on input from stakeholders will need to be made.