USED Issues Last Minute Guidance for ESSA Accountability


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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I. The Trump administration put a pause on the accountability regulations, but if those regulations are not changed or rescinded, and if these new guidance documents are not overturned, they provide some significant information for States and Districts.

The first document is an FAQ that is intended “to help States, local education agencies (LEAs), and other stakeholders understand the statutory and regulatory requirements for statewide accountability systems under Title I” of ESSA. It includes Questions and Answers in the following areas:

  1. Single Statewide Accountability System
  2. Accountability Indicators
  3. Annual Meaningful Differentiation of Schools
  4. Identification of Schools
  5. Other Topics

The second document is a “Resource Guide: Accountability for English Learners under the ESSA”. This document covers the topics of:

  • Goals and Measurements of Interim Progress
  • Progress in Achieving English Language Proficiency Indicator
  • English Learners with Disabilities
  • Recently Arrived English Learners
  • Former English Learners

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at 425.977.2100, Option 3 or email at

Dr. David Holbrook

About The Author

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 with TransAct.