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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I. The Trump administration put a pause on the accountability regulations, but if those regulations are not changed or rescinded, and if these new guidance documents are not overturned, they provide some significant information for States and Districts.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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U.S. Department of Education issues fact sheet and guidance related to students with disabilities

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 18, 2017

On December 28, 2016 the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released three new sets of guidance “to assist the public in understanding how the Department interprets and enforces federal civil rights laws protecting the rights of students with disabilities” (see here). This may be the last effort of an ongoing focus by the current administration to highlight aspects of the Civil Rights of students with disabilities.

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ESSA State Plans due April 3: amidst many requirements, SEAs and LEAs must provide effective ESSA compliant communications for parents, families, and communities

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 18, 2017

As deadlines approach for submission of State Plans under ESSA, the activities necessary to develop those plans are increasing. State Education Agencies (SEAs) are leaning into the details of their plans in preparation for submission to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for review and using recently issued guidance for support.

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Congress paving the way to rescind recent regulations

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 17, 2017

Speculation abounds related to whether Congress will try to rescind recent regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) and other agencies. The Congressional Review Act (CRA) allows for Congress to do just that, but the CRA only allows for one regulation to be addressed at a time.

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ESSA State Plan Development Activity Intensifying

By Dr. David Holbrook | January 11, 2017

As deadlines approach for submission of State Plans under ESSA, the activities necessary to develop those plans are increasing. State Education Agencies (SEAs) are fleshing out the details of their plans in preparation for submission to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for review.

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3 Ways ESSA compliance helps close the multilingual communication gap

By Alyssa Thornley | January 10, 2017

Bridging the gap between teachers, students and parents presents a daunting proposition to many school districts, particularly those located in areas where many languages are spoken throughout the community.

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Former WIDA Chief Strategy Officer, Jesse Markow, joins TransACT – The leader in K-12 compliance and educational management software solutions

By Alyssa Thornley | December 16, 2016

TransACT Communications, LLC, provider of federal compliance and education
management software and services to the K-12 industry, announced today that Jesse Markow has joined their team.
As Director of Key Accounts and Partnerships, Jesse's addition reinforces TransACT’s commitment to provide districts and states with effective resources for parent and community engagement during the implementation of ESSA.

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