U.S. Education Department proposes new regulations for school accountability

After more than 100 meetings across the nation with students, parents, educators, state and local leaders, and other stakeholders, the U.S. Department of Education has released a set of proposed regulations to help states as they rethink their accountability and school improvement systems under the new Every Student Succeeds Act. Whereas No Child Left Behind prescribed top-down interventions for struggling schools, the new proposed regulations provide flexibility for schools and districts to implement locally designed solutions and offer a more holistic approach to measuring a quality education than NCLB’s narrow definition of school success.

“Today marks the beginning of the opportunity for the public to weigh in on the proposed ESSA regulations released by the Department of Education,” said WEAC President-Elect Ron Martin. ” I am excited about this opportunity for educators, parents and community members to weigh in on these regulations.  The whole process is much more transparent than when ESEA was implemented.  I hope educators take advantage of this opportunity and to share how they feel about these regulations.”

For a more comprehensive description of the Department of Education’s proposed regulations, see a chart about how they compare to NCLB, read a summary of the regulations or the full Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. For more information, visit www.ed.gov/essa. There will be a 60 day public comment period starting May 31 through August 1, 2016. The Department welcomes comment from all interested parties on the proposed regulations.

According to the Department:

Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not accept comments submitted by fax or by email or those submitted after the comment period. To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies, please submit your comments only once. In addition, please include the Docket ID at the top of your comments.

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov to submit your comments electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing agency documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on the site under “Are you new to the site?”
  • Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery: If you mail or deliver your comments about these proposed regulations, address them to Meredith Miller, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 3C106, Washington, DC 20202-2800.