Moving Beyond No Child Left Behind

2016 CSG National Conference
Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Sponsored by the CSG Education & Workforce Development Public Policy Committee

State officials are closely watching as the U.S. Department of Education releases more information on what the new Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, changes in accountability system requirements and funding mechanisms. As states grapple with the upcoming changes to federal requirements, it is important to know about the increased flexibility for state and local policymakers. This session explored what the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act means for state leaders, with a focus on accountability systems and data policy.

View the presentation here. 


Sharmila Mann, Ph.D.
K-12 Institute

Mann serves as the director of the K-12 Institute at the Education Commission of the States. In her role, she sets the strategic direction for the institute, guides the team’s priorities in policy and research, and fosters internal and external relationships that expand the reach of the team’s products and expertise. She brings more than 15 years of education policy experience to her role, including 10 years at the State Higher Education Executive Officers Association engaging with state and federal policymakers, funders, and national associations in pursuit of policy to smooth transitions between education sectors.

Kristen Amundson
Executive director
National Association of State Boards of Education

Prior to becoming the executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education, Amundson represented the 44th district in the Virginia General Assembly from 1999 to 2009. Prior to that, Amundson—a former teacher—served for nearly a decade on the Fairfax County, Virginia, School Board, including two years as its chairwoman. Most recently, she was the senior vice president for external affairs at Education Sector, an independent think tank.

Julie Rowland Woods
Policy analyst
Education Commission of the States

Woods joined the Education Commission of the States in September 2014, where she researches and analyzes K-12 education policies, including standards and assessments, teacher issues, and instructional time. Prior to this role, she worked as an education researcher for Colorado state Sen. Nancy Todd and as a grant writer for Mile High Women’s Outreach Center.

Holly Coy
Deputy secretary
Virginia Department of Education

Coy helps to lead the commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Education. Before joining the Office of the Secretary of Education, Coy served as the policy director in Virginia Lt. Governor Northam’s office. Previous to that, she was the director of programs at the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy; and worked in the Governmental Affairs Office of the American Bar Association in a number of capacities.