ESSA went into full implementation last school-year. This year, districts are preparing for state monitoring visits regarding ESSA Compliance.

Dr. David Holbrook

Dr. David Holbrook is a nationally recognized leader in federal programs administration and monitoring with expertise in Title I, Title III,Native American Education, and Federal Programs. Dr. Holbrook has also worked as a consultant with Title III of the US Department of Education and now serves as Executive Director, Federal Compliance and State Relationships.

Recent Posts

"Status of School Performance, Notice to Parents" Translated in Your Priority Languages: Now Available

By Dr. David Holbrook | November 30, 2018

TransACT customers with an active subscription to the ESEA (ESSA) ParentNotices collection now have complete access to expertly written compliance resources, including a recently added notification. An ESSA Subscription includes:

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U.S. Department of Education Awards Charter School Grants

By Dr. David Holbrook | November 28, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) awarded nearly $400 million in federal grants to support and expand charter schools in States and districts. The grants are part of the Charter Schools Program under USED's Office of Innovation and Improvement. These funds were part of the FY 2018 funding package that was passed by the U.S. Congress in the spring of this year.

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The National Title I Conference is now the National ESEA Conference

By Dr. David Holbrook | November 28, 2018

The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) is holding the 2019 National ESEA Conference (formerly the National Title I Conference) in Kansas City, MO, January 30 – February 2.

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2018 Student Privacy Guidance

By Dr. David Holbrook | November 26, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) issued guidance related to student privacy associated with administering college admissions exams. The guidance addresses concerns that arise due to some State Education Agencies (SEAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs or school districts) that have begun paying for and registering students for college admissions exams (ACT and SAT) rather than students or their parents registering themselves directly. This trend is due to the use of these tests to meet the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) assessment requirements.

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DeVos Posts "A Parents Guide to ESSA State and Local Report Cards"

By Dr. David Holbrook | November 12, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has posted "A Parent Guide to State and Local Report Cards" on the U.S. Department of Education's (USED) website. 

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New ESSA RoadMap Now Available

By Dr. David Holbrook | October 30, 2018

The School Support and Improvement ESSA RoadMap is now available.

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U.S. Department of Education Releases Parent Guide to Understanding ESSA

By Dr. David Holbrook | October 23, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) announced the release of the document, "Understanding the Every Student Succeeds: A Parent Guide to the Nation's Landmark Education Law" on October 4, 2018. The announcement describes this guide as "a parent and guardian-friendly guide to the important flexibilities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)." When TransACT drafted its ESSA notices, they were written using the guidelines of the Plain Writing Act of 2010. According to the USED announcement, this parent guide was also written following those guidelines.

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Parent Communications and Translations: Machine vs. Human Translation – What’s the Difference?

By Dr. David Holbrook | September 6, 2018

Proactive schools and school districts are finding and using all means available to communicate with parents, including English learner (EL) students and parents with limited English proficiency (LEP). In an article from District Administration titled “Tech: A language translator allows districts to reach out to ELLs”, a number of creative and innovative solutions are discussed. This includes the use of machine translation (computer-assisted translation) tools, such as Google Translate.

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Parent Notices product update: changes to the Summary, Checklist & Timelines parent notice tracking tool

By Dr. David Holbrook | August 22, 2018

"Parent Notifications Summary, Checklist & Timelines" is a resource to help educators identify the important parent notification distribution, timelines, and responsibilities. This document is provided to TransACT ParentNotices customers with an active subscription to the ESEA (ESSA) ParentNotices Collection. In August of 2018, this resource was updated with a new title and guidance.

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Guest Blog: Understanding the Impact of Historical Trauma for the Education of Native American Children

By Dr. David Holbrook | August 15, 2018

As part of our commitment to provide school district administrators with resources and guidance on federal program compliance and administration, we regularly publish blogs featuring guest writers. We are honored to feature a co-written article between TransACT Executive Director of Federal Compliance and State Relationships, Dr. Holbrook, and his former colleague Keja Nokomis Whiteman, 

an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians discussing the importance of incorporating cultural history to support positive learning outcomes for Native Americans. 

I was motivated to initiate the writing of this blog when I saw a news story via Politico about the return of the remains of four Native American children from the graveyard associated with the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, one of the boarding schools that were part of past attempts to forcibly assimilate Native Americans into the dominant American culture. The mortality rate for Native American students at this school was approximately 2%. The school operated from 1879 through 1918 and over that time period housed about 10,000 students.

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