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ESSA parent notices are still required starting July 1, 2017, despite the pause in ESSA accountability system development

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 8, 2017

TransACT has received a number of questions recently about whether parent notices under ESSA will still be required for the 2017-2018 school year. This is because of confusion over the pause on the development of accountability systems. Despite the pause on accountability system development, ESSA will fully replace NCLB on July 1, 2017. This means that parent notices required by ESSA go into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.

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U.S. House Votes to Rescind Accountability and Teacher Preparation Regulations

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 6, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives passed “Resolutions of Disapproval” for two sets of education related regulations. This is the first step in rescinding these regulations using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The two sets of regulations that were ‘disapproved’ are the Accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Teacher Preparation regulations, which address issues of teacher preparation programs at institutes of higher education. 

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USED Pauses Technical Assistance for ESSA Accountability System Development

By Dr. David Holbrook | February 2, 2017

Shortly after his inauguration, President Trump put a hold on a number of regulations that hadn’t gone into full effect as yet, including the ESSA accountability regulations. The hold will last for 60 days and give the Trump administration until March 21, 2017 to rescind, change or allow the regulations to go into effect.

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Google Docs vs eConvene: the pros & cons of non-specific software in paperless board meeting management

By Alyssa Thornley | February 2, 2017

Paperless document management increasingly plays a critical role in the operations of businesses, nonprofits and school boards alike. When selecting a service, small governing boards have a plethora of easy-to-use and cost-efficient online services that allow users to compile files of all types and seamlessly distribute them to multiple users while simultaneously helping the organizations eliminate paper from their processes. With so many free options available, paying for one seems exorbitant, but there are drawbacks associated with free services that are not designed for your industry. 

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4 Reasons Small Governing Boards are Going Paperless

By Alyssa Thornley | February 2, 2017

Businesses, schools, and homes across the country have been moving away from their reliance on paper for decades. For a long time, the paperless technology that made this possible for every day people seemed like a luxury that smaller government and civic boards couldn’t justify.

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USED Issues Last Minute Guidance for ESSA Accountability

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 30, 2017

Just prior to the transition to the Trump administration, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) issued two guidance documents to help States as they develop their accountability systems under Title I. The Trump administration put a pause on the accountability regulations, but if those regulations are not changed or rescinded, and if these new guidance documents are not overturned, they provide some significant information for States and Districts.

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ESSA implementation: USED clarifies looming 2017-2018 school improvement funding questions

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 25, 2017

In November last year, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) issued final regulations for Accountability and State Plans. Those regulations clarified that ESSA State Plan submission dates were being extended, and therefore, the dates for identifying schools for Comprehensive and Targeted Support and Improvement (the new labels for “school improvement”) were also being extended. Identification of schools for improvement under ESSA now won’t happen until the 2018-2019 school year.

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ESSA Accountability Regulations: Trump pause - no impact on parent notices

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 25, 2017

Recently I wrote about the potential for the US Congress to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rescind regulations recently released by the U.S. Department of Education (USED). I mentioned the regulations on ESSA Accountability provisions as one that could be targeted under the CRA.

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ESSA final regulations published for Accountability and State Plans

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 25, 2017

In May 2016 the U.S. Department of Education (USED) posted for comment proposed regulations for Accountability and State Plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Those proposed regulations generated over 20,000 comments. Since USED is required to respond to comments, it took them a significant amount of time to finalize these regulations.

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Managing Communication with the Parents of ESL Students

By Alyssa Thornley | January 24, 2017

As school districts across America grow in population and the country itself becomes more diverse, the need for enhanced parent communication increases. A one-size-fits-all model cannot work when ensuring all students and parents receive pertinent communications in a language they can understand. 

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