The 2015 Nation's Report Card is now available. The report card shows math and English language arts test results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for grades 4, 8, and 12. This year's NAEP results reveal that 12th grade math scores declined over the last two years. For more on the 2015 NAEP results, also see this Ed Week article.
USED Seeks Stakeholder Feedback Regarding ESSA Guidance
On April 25, 2016, Secretary King and the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released an email calling for feedback regarding non-regulatory guidance for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Stakeholders are encouraged to send input on areas and requirements of ESSA that ought to have USED non-regulatory guidance. Feedback must be emailed to ESSA.email@example.com by May 25, 2016.
For more information, please see the email's content here.
The negotiated rulemaking committee has come to an agreement on assessment regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act. These rules will be official once they are published in the Federal Register. For an ESSA Cheat Sheet on testing regulations, go here.
Edweek lists six new areas that districts and states will need to report on under ESSA that they didn't have to report on under NCLB. These areas include: state accountability systems; foster, homeless, and military connected kids; long-term ELLs; per-pupil expenditures; post-secondary enrollment; and crosstabulation.
This "Dear Colleague" letter responds to calls from stakeholders across the educational system to provide clarification to the equity and excellence goals of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and to protect the civil rights of students. The Department began the process of negotiated rulemaking in two areas of Title I: Part A and Part B, and will provide numerous opportunities for stakeholders to engage in the regulatory process. Click this link to view a pdf of the letter.