Education Department Accepting Comments on Draft ESSA Accountability Regulations

June 2016

The Department of Education issued draft regulations on May 31 that would guide states and school districts in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The draft regulations focus on three areas: accountability, state plans, and data reporting. A fact sheet summarizing the proposed regulations is available on the Education Department’s website.

Under the law, states, districts, and schools are encouraged to incorporate evidence-based strategies. The department is proposing that states identify low-performing schools and develop a plan for support and improvement. Schools, districts, and states would have the flexibility to select evidence-based programs that are tailored to their needs. Plans must include at least one evidence-based strategy, which can fall under any of the tiers described in the ESSA definition of “evidence-based.”

States would be required to submit their plans in March or July 2017 to begin implementation in the 2017–18 school year.

The department also is proposing language to help states meet ESSA requirements to include language on per-pupil expenditures on report cards. The regulations would require that states develop a single, statewide procedure that local education agencies (LEAs) must use to calculate and report LEA-level per-pupil expenditures of federal, state, and local funds, and a separate single, statewide procedure that LEAs must use to calculate and report school-level per-pupil expenditures of federal, state, and local funds.

Comments are due on August 1 and may be submitted through the portal.

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