How Long Do I Have Before I Need To Follow ESSA’s NEW Accountability Provisions?

Now that the “Every Student Succeeds Act” has been signed into law, you might be worried about how long you might have to follow the new provisions, some of which are already being enforced.

In this great video from the Alliance for Excellent Education, the deadlines for NCLB waivers are set forth, as well as other general important dates.

Watch below:

Short answer: ESSA waivers are in effect until August 16th, 2016 to give states and teritories time to transition from “No Child Left Behind” to ESSA.

Regulations that will interpret and provide explicit details on the implementation of the new law will be written in a year’s time following the date that it was signed into law.

If you’re still confused about ESSA’s new accountability provisions, or would like more information on how we might help you with the evaluation plan for your education program, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 607-239-1000, or email us by clicking HERE.

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Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) grant program evaluation
We are ready to help you with your TAA program evaluation needs. Call (607) 239-1000 and we will answer your questions.

Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program Information


Government Overview

Federal Trade Act: Statutes, Regulations, Directories and Guidances


U.S. Dept of Labor: Employment and Training Administration


Government Reports

There is a small positive and statistically significant relationship between program participation and sales. Overall, we estimate that the effect of participation in the program was an increase in firm sales, ranging from 5 to 6 percent on average, if all other factors are held constant.


As imports rose, sales declined for TAA for Firms clients. Our analysis shows that import penetration was highly statistically significant and most likely had a very negative effect on firm sales.


TAA for Firms participation combined with market growth increased firm performance. We found a statistically significant and positive effect of industry market growth on firm sales after firms participated in the program.


Our survey of TAA for Firms participants also showed that the program had a positive effect.

–United States Government Accountability Office, “TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE: Commerce Program Has Helped Manufacturing and Services Firms, but Measures, Data, and Funding Formula Could Be Enhanced,” Statement of J. Alfredo Gomez, Acting Director, International Affairs and Trade Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Government Organization, Efficiency, and Financial Management, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives.

Following completion of assistance from EDA’s TAAF program, firms reported that, on average, sales increased by 26.8 percent, employment increased by 13.2 percent, and productivity increased by 11.9 percent.

–Fiscal Year 2012, Annual Report to Congress, Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms program, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, December 15, 2012.

For now, the current expansion of TAA to service-sector workers will help mitigate the harmful effects that advancements in communication and technology have brought in the form of global competition. However, policymakers must examine the stock of existing education and job training systems to ensure they are preparing American workers for the U.S. jobs of the future.

–“Trade Adjustment Assistance: Helping Workers Harmed by Global Competition In the Market for Services,” by the Chairman’s [Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.] Staff of the Joint Economic Committee, December 12, 2012


Research Reports

TAA led to increased receipt of reemployment services. According to survey data, more than 94 percent of TAA participants received at least one reemployment service, while 77 percent of comparison group members reported doing so.

Participation in TAA was associated with large increases in receipt of education and training and the attainment of educational credentials. Nearly 66 percent of TAA participants received training, compared to 27 percent of comparisons, and the average TAA participant spent about 8 times as many weeks in education and training as the average comparison group member (49 weeks, compared to 6 weeks).


Impacts of TAA on engagement in any productive activity were small. To a large degree, TAA participants engaged in training in the period just after job loss, in lieu of seeking and obtaining employment.


The main impact study findings used the comparison sample of UI claimants and showed that, in the final year of the follow-up period, TAA participants had lower earnings than the comparison group, but worked about the same number of weeks. As was hypothesized, during the first two years of the observation period, when many TAA participants were in training, the labor market outcomes for participants were significantly worse than for their matched comparison group members who were not eligible for TAA.


–“Estimated Impacts for Participants in the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program Under the 2002 Amendments,” Final Report Prepared as Part of the Evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, August, 2012, Social Policy Research Associates and Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

These findings on TAA eligible workers’ profiles, receipt of services, and experiences with the program can help guide policymakers in assessing and improving the implementation of the TAA program as the 2009 program amendments are put into place. As ARRA expands eligibility for TAA and increases the accessibility and flexibility of benefits, it may lead to greater rates of service receipt among eligible workers. Findings from this report suggest that the changes to HCTC and ATAA in particular may lead to increases in rates of application for these benefits by addressing some concerns that discouraged workers in our sample from applying.

–“National Evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program: Characteristics of Workers Eligible Under the 2002 TAA Program and Their Early Program Experiences,” Final Report, April,2010, by Sarah Dolfin and Jillian Berk, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.


More Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. reports on TAA can be found here.

21st Century Community Learning Center Grants – Grant Evaluation

We design, write, and implement the evaluation component of your 21st Century Community Learning Center grant proposal.

We have written successful evaluation proposals for 21st Century grants in multiple states. Let us help you with your 21st Century Community Learning Center grant evaluation program performance plans and reports today!

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What is a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant?

The 21st Century Community Learning Center program supports the creation of community learning centers that provide academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours for children, particularly students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools. The program helps students meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects, such as reading and math; offers students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs; and offers literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children.
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