The ESSA Achievement Challenge

The ESSA Achievement Challenge

October 03, 2017 - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Thomas B. Fordham Institute
1016 16th St. NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
United States
Now that states have submitted their ESSA plans and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos begins to issue her stamp of approval, what happens next? It's time to put these plans into action; which states are most likely to see significant achievement gains in the coming years? Who has the ambition, coherence, and strategy to drive their systems toward meaningful improvements?
On October 3rd, we identified states with strong plans and distinct approaches and heard state superintendents and education advocates make the case that their work will lead to greater student success. At the close of the event, audience members voted on who they thought would show the most achievement gains in coming years. We’ll be back four years from now to see if they were right.


Michael J. Petrilli
Thomas B. Fordham Institute


Matthew Ladner

Senior Research Fellow (Representing Arizona)
Charles Koch Institute

Candice McQueen

Tennessee Department of Education

Glen Price

Chief Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
California Department of Education

John White

State Superintendent 
Louisiana Department of Education