U.S Department of Education Releases Proposed ESSA Regulations

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WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Education announced proposed regulations to implement provisions of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking focuses on school accountability, consolidated state plans, and data reporting. 

Key features of the proposed regulations include:

A More Comprehensive Picture of School Success

  • Replaces NCLB’s narrow definition of school success based primarily on mathematics and English language arts test scores with flexibility for states to take a broader view of what makes for a successful school.

Tailored Support for Struggling Schools

  • Maintains our commitment to every child, aligned with the law, by guaranteeing meaningful action where whole schools or groups of students within schools are struggling; replaces the prescriptive interventions of NCLB with locally designed, evidence-based strategies to fit schools’ unique circumstances.

Better Data for Parents and Communities

  • Ensures that families and stakeholders have clear, robust, and consistent information needed to engage meaningfully in their education systems.

Streamlined, Consolidated State Plans to Eliminate Duplication

  • Encourages meaningful stakeholder engagement and planning across programs to enhance educational equity, improve student outcomes, and give every child access to a quality, well-rounded education that prepares them for success in college and careers

There will be a 60 day public comment period starting May 31 through August 1. The Department welcomes comment from all interested parties on the proposed regulations.