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Every Student Succeeds Act & the Military Student Data Identifier

The Vital Addition of a Military Student Identifier in Every Student Succeeds Act

More than two million military-connected children and youth (birth through age 23) live with challenges presented by frequent moves, parental deployments, and a host of life transitions that include reintegration and dealing with profoundly changed parents. The vast majority of military-connected students are school-age (approximately 1.2 million). More than 90% of school-age military-connected students in pre-kindergarten through grade twelve are in public school classrooms.

The academic success as well as the attuned services for these children depends on a network of informed, supportive professionals who can respond effectively to their unique challenges.
For the first time in the history of our Nation, the military-connected student, who also serves, is recognized in our education policy.

In December 2015, the members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives voted in favor of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray and Representatives John Kline and Bobby Scott were instrumental in the acceptance of the Act. The legislation, signed by the President on December 10, includes a military student identifier that will enable military leaders, educators, and elected officials at all levels of government to understand how military-connected children are performing in school. Despite the high number of military-connected students, the vast majority in public school classrooms, there has been no reliable, consistent, school-based data on the academic health of these students, until now.

“We know military-connected children move three times more often than their peers, creating the opportunity for disruptions, disconnects and gaps in education, in addition to the stress of having parents away from home for long periods of time,” said Dr. Mary Keller, president and chief executive officer of MCEC. “Without the military student identifier, educators and policy leaders have no way of knowing whether these students are faring well, keeping pace, or falling behind. The identifier will provide data to inform both educators and policymakers, enabling them to adjust programs, direct resources and adopt strategies that support these students and their military families.”

The military student identifier in ESSA applies to students with a parent who is a member of the Armed Forces on active duty. The Military Child Education Coalition strongly supports the inclusion of students whose parents serve in the National Guard or Reserves as part of the ESSA reporting on military-connected students.

Teachers and school administrators are often unaware of military-connected children being within their schools and classrooms and therefore not attentive to not only the academic needs, but also the social and emotional well-being of these children. More accurate considerations of the amplified needs of these children will be possible via the military student data identifier.


Myth Busters: Getting the Facts Straight about Education Data

The education data agenda is experiencing unprecedented backlash, including the propagation of data myths, especially regarding Common Core, FERPA, and vendors. The Data Quality Campaign (DQC) seeks to make the case for education data while ensuring state policymakers meet their moral and legal responsibilities to safeguard this information and ensure its appropriate and ethical use. This document dispels the most common myths with concise talking points and related resources, and DQC will continually update this resource as additional myths arise. Any information about the number of states reporting an activity is based on Data for Action 2012: DQC’s State Analysis.
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DoD State Liaison Office Top Ten List
 

The Department of Defense State Liaison Office includes the military student data identifier on their top ten list of items they would like to see states adopt to support our military families.
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Senior Leaders Endorse Military Student Identifier

U.S. Army
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U.S Air Force
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U.S. Cost Guard
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Army National Guard
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Student Identifier

Where are our military-connected kids attending school?
And how are they doing?

Today, over two million military-connected children and youth (birth through age 23) live with perpetual challenges presented by frequent moves, parental and sibling deployments, and a host of life transitions that include reintegration and dealing with profoundly changed parents. The well-being of these children depends heavily on a network of supportive adults who are trained to identify early signs of emotional or physical challenge. The Military Child Education Coalition exists to serve these children from birth into adulthood.
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Murray Amendment to Support Students From Military
Families Included in Senate Education Overhaul

Amendment would generate precise data on classroom success of military-connected students

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, an amendment authored by U.S. Senator Patty Murray to help track school progress of students from military-connected families was adopted as part of a major U.S. Senate education overhaul. The amendment passed in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by a bipartisan vote of 13 to 9.

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Read MCEC testimony before Texas House of Representatives on the military student data identifier.
Texas passed this legislation into law in 2013.

Click here to download the testimony document.