On November 28, the Department announced final regulations to implement the accountability, data reporting, and consolidated state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) -- with a focus on supporting states in using their flexibility to provide a high-quality, well-rounded education and ensure equity remains at the core of implementation. Read the press release with highlights of key changes from the draft regulations, fact sheet with a summary of major provisions, chart on requirements and timeline for identification of schools for support and improvement, and audio recording of press call.
In a subsequent letter to Chief State School Officers, the agency released a Consolidated State Plan template -- a state may opt to submit its consolidated state plan or individual program plans on April 3, 2017, or September 18, 2017 -- and a State Assurances template that must be submitted by April 3, 2017.
To provide states with additional assistance, the Department will be releasing guidance on accountability, data reporting, and consolidated state plans in the coming weeks. It has also launched the State Support Network, a four-year technical assistance initiative focused on helping states and districts in their work on school improvement, particularly achieving significant improvements in student outcomes, scaling up effective systemic approaches and practices within and across states and districts, and identifying and sharing effective practices.