Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, As Amended By the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Accountability and State Plans
The Secretary of the Department of Education has proposed these regulations to provide clarity and support to State Education Agencies (SEAs), Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and schools as they implement the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA—particularly, the ESEA requirements regarding accountability systems, State and LEA report cards, and consolidated State plans—and to ensure that key requirements in title I of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, are implemented consistent with the purpose of the law: “to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.”
The proposed regulations would:
- Establish requirements for accountability systems under section 1111(c) and (d) of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, including requirements regarding the indicators used to annually meaningfully differentiate all public schools, the identification of schools for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement, and the development and implementation of improvement plans, including evidence-based interventions, in schools that are so identified;
- Establish requirements for State and LEA report cards under section 1111(h) of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, including requirements regarding the timeliness and format of such report cards, as well as requirements that clarify report card elements that were not required under the ESEA, as amended by the NCLB; and
- Establish requirements for consolidated State plans under section 8302 of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, including requirements for the format of such plans, the timing of submission of such plans, and the content to be included in such plans.
Everyone is encouraged to submit comments to the proposed federal regulations to implement the accountability provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act. To ensure that your comments have maximum effect in developing the final regulations, the Department of Education encourages you to identify clearly the specific section or sections of the proposed regulations that each of your comments addresses and to arrange your comments in the same order as the proposed regulations.
You may submit comments electronically, via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery; please include the Docket ID (ED-2016-OESE-0032) at the top of your comments.
Go to www.regulations.gov to submit your comments electronically.
If you mail or deliver your comments about these proposed regulations, address them to Meredith Miller, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 3C106, Washington, DC 20202-2800.
Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make all comments received from members of the public available for public viewing in their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available.
For Further Information Contact: Meredith Miller, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 3C106, Washington, DC 20202-2800. Telephone: (202) 401-8368 or by email: Meredith.Miller@ed.gov.
If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.
Links to the full text of the proposed rule making and tips for submitting effective comments are provided below:
The Department of Education (ED) Proposed Rule: Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, As Amended By the Every Student Succeeds Act: Accountability and State Plans
Tips For Submitting Effective Comments
The Advocacy Institute and the Center for Law and Education have developed the following resources pertaining to students with disabilities and the ESSA:
"Top Five Issues for Students with Disabilities": http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/ESSA/ESSA-NPRM-Accountability.shtml
"Comprehensive comments": http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/ESSA/AI-CLEcommentsAccountabilityNPRM.pdf