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In this release, the U.S. Department of Education shared news of New Hampshire receiving a one-year extension of the state's competency-based assessment pilot. This extension will include a total of nine districts across the state. This extension was granted as a result of the New Hampshire...

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Meeting the complex needs of newcomer adolescent students is not simple and there is no one-size-fits-all approach. This report describes the research on newcomer programs and provides evidence-based recommendations for addressing the challenges of program implementation. The authors provide...

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This article is written from an educator’s perspective and provides practical suggestions, and additional resource links, for creating materials to welcome newcomer English learner students into school settings. Included is a checklist of materials and resources to include in a welcome kit, as well...

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This tool kit is designed to support educators and school staff in implementing and improving programs for immigrant students, including asylees, refugees, and their families. The stated goals of this resource are to help teachers, school leaders, and school site personnel expand opportunities for...

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This document provides further detail and information on the use of federal Title I funds in school improvement efforts. Schools can use Title I funding to operate a schoolwide program; included are examples of programs schools might use to support students. This guidance also clarifies...

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The U.S. Department of Education reiterates the importance of early childhood learning and provides further information on the use of federal funding for early education services. Also included is guidance on how states can support early education opportunities for students from special populations...

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This non-regulatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Education discusses the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program that has been authorized to support the capacity of states and districts to support its students. The provisions of SSAE are detailed, including information on...

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This overview is designed to help state education agencies, local education agencies, schools, educators, partner organizations, and other stakeholders understand the differences between major assessment types in standards-based instruction. Formative, Diagnostic, Interim/Benchmark, and Summative...

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For states and local education agencies looking to align their assessment systems with the principles of the Testing Action Plan, this resources provides suggestions for questions and data to collect. These questions can guide action to assess and modify assessment systems. In this resource,...

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Based on stakeholder feedback, the U.S. Department of Education has created and released final regulations for the accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The final regulations provide information on the flexibility states have to...

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CSAI, managed by WestEd and the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, & Student Testing (CRESST), is one of seven content centers that provide research-based technical assistance and support to 15 Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs), and to the states that they serve, around each of...

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This brief is intended to provide a common foundation by laying out a general framework for a comprehensive, learning-based assessment system. The framework incorporates different types of assessment to serve the distinct information needs of different stakeholders, but all of the assessments are...

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The regulations outline changes ESSA implements in regards to the academic assessment provisions of Title I, part A. ESSA includes exceptions that allow local education agencies to administer locally selected, nationally recognized high school assessments in place of statewide high school...

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This document outlines regulations for states looking to develop and innovative assessments to be administered in place of current statewide assessments. For states looking to apply for this flexibility, regulations are also outlined for how this flexibility would apply for school accountability...

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This non-regulatory guidance describes the chronological steps for states to follow in order to adjust Department-determined Title I allocations. Included in this guidance document are answers to frequently asked questions about the process. 

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This brief overview discusses the final regulations for assessments with regards to Title I Part A and Part B stipulations. General statutory requirements for both Part A and Part B and described in this document. 

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This chart outlines how often schools will need to be identified for support (both comprehensive and targeted) and improvement, and the school year in which identification will begin. 

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In this letter, the U.S. Department of Education provides additional details regarding ESSA state plans and when they are to be submitted to the Department for peer review. The letter also includes information on upcoming releases that will support states in preparing state plans, including non-...

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As states examine efforts to ensure college and career readiness for all students, review and possible revision of their content standards may be part of these efforts. Based on questions CSAI has received regarding how states undergo the process of revising content standards, a report was created...

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This memorandum describes the major changes included in the final accountability and State plan regulations, when compared to the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) published in the Federal Register on May 31, 2016. In each specific topic area, the proposed regulations are first...

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This resource provides a table summarizing significant changes between the original Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and the final regulations for ESSA accountability and state plans.

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On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education published final regulations amending parts 200 and 299 of Title 32 of the Code of Federal Regulations. These regulations, effective on January 30, 2017, establish new rules for statewide accountability systems, state and local educational...

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As part of the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed regulations regarding the supplement not supplant provision of Title I, Part A. The supplement not supplant regulations stipulate that states and local education agencies use Title I,...

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As part of the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the U.S. Department of Education released proposed regulations regarding the supplement not supplant provision of Title I, Part B. These regulations provide stipulations for states, or a consortium of states, regarding the use of...

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A powerpoint presentation was released to accompany the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Title I, Part A regulations. This powerpoint describes the different statutory requirements and how states and local education agencies can demonstrate compliance to each requirement.  

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This presentation provides an overview of the federal framework ensuring stability for students in foster care, with a focus on the Every Student Succeeds Act provisions that are related to transportation. Local education agencies must provide assurances of collaboration with their state or child...

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This powerpoint provides an overview of the federal framework ensuring stability for students in foster care and the Every Student Succeeds Act provisions related to best interest determinations and immediate enrollment. For students in foster care, if it is not in a student's best interest to...

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This powerpoint provides an overview of the federal framework ensuring stability for students in foster care, with a focus on the Every Student Succeeds Act provisions related to educational and child welfare points of contact (POCs). States must provide assurance that they will designate a POC for...

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This powerpoint provides an overview of the federal framework ensuring stability for students in foster care and considerations for establishing a collaboration between child welfare agencies and education agencies. As part of state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act, each state must...

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This letter from the U.S. Department of Education highlights the role of Regional Comprehensive Centers and national Content Centers in providing resources for states as they transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act. The letter also provides a brief overview of the State Support Network, a new...

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