ED RULES (AND REGULATIONS): The U.S. Department of Education today issued its final regulations on several key provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a law designed to help states and districts move beyond limited metrics and labels of the No Child Left Behind program. Effective January 30, 2017, the new regulations focus on school accountability, data reporting and state plans, and serve to “clarify ESSA’s statutory language by ensuring that accountability systems use multiple measures of school success, including academic outcomes, student progress, and school quality,” the regulations summary reads.
“The final rules give states more time and flexibility to provide every student with a high-quality, well-rounded education while ensuring that states and districts keep the focus on improving outcomes and maintaining civil rights protections for all of our children” U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said in a press release.
Under the final regulations, which incorporated direct input from parents, teachers, district and state officials, members of Congress and civil rights organizations, states will set their own goals and measurements for success, as well as develop their own college-ready standards. Politico's Morning Education has a roundup of reactions to the announcement.
The Department’s full Notice of Final Regulations on accountability, state plans and data reporting can be found here.