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Proposed ESSA Regulation Supports Well-Rounded Education, Protects All Students

by Ernie Melcher

In a major step toward implementing the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and providing important clarity for parents, students, and educators about the new law, U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. announced proposed regulations to implement the law’s accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions. The regulations would replace the narrow, one-size-fits-all approach that defined ESSA’s predecessor, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), with new flexibility for states and districts; a more holistic approach to measuring a quality education that will help prepare all students for success; and strong protections to ensure the progress of all students. It also reinforces ESSA’s strong commitment to transparency and ensures meaningful engagement and an active role for parents, teachers, students, community leaders, and other stakeholders in implementing the new law.

Key features of the proposed regulations include:

• A More Comprehensive Picture of School Success
• Tailored Support for Struggling Schools
• Better Data for Parents and Communities
• Streamlined, Consolidated State Plans to Eliminate Duplication

For a more comprehensive description of the Department of Education’s proposed regulations, see a chart about how they compare to NCLB, read a summary of the regulations or the full Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. The NPRM will be on public display with the Federal Register starting on Thursday, May 26th, and can be accessed directly on our website at www.ed.gov/essa. There will be a sixty day public comment period starting May 31 through August 1. The Department welcomes comment from all interested parties on the proposed regulations.

The full U.S. Department of Education press release is available at http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/proposed-essa-regulation-supports-well-rounded-education-protects-all-students

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