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ED Issues Guidance on Flexibilities for Transition to ESSA

by Ernie Melcher

On December 18, 2015, The U. S. Department of Education issued guidance to help states make the transition to the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The guidance, in the form of a Dear Colleague letter provided information regarding activities that are affected by the ESSA reauthorization. The letter covered ED’s expectations regarding Title I assessment peer review; annual measurable objectives (AMOs) and annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAOs) for school years 2014–2015 and 2015–2016 as well as other areas.

On January 28, 2016, the Department issued further guidance on transitioning to the ESSA. This Dear Colleague letter focused on the areas of flexibilities available in the 2016-2017 school year designed to ensure an orderly transition to the ESSA.

The Dear Colleague letter Of January 28, 2016 is available at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/transitionsy1617-dcl.pdf

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