Dear Colleague Letter on the Transition to ESSA - December 18, 2015

This guidance letter provides information on the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In this letter, the U.S. Department of Education discusses:

  • The maintained requirement for peer review of state assessments;
  • The hold on states submitting AMOs for 2014–2015 and 2015–2016;
  • The expiration of ESEA Flexibility Waivers on August 1, 2016; 
  • Options regarding states' priority and focus school lists; and 
  • Continuing technical assistance for states' educator evaluation and support systems. 

The letter also contains contact information for states interested in further guidance.