U.S. Department of Education Names Committee Members to Draft Proposed Regulations for Every Student Succeeds Act

TEDNA Member Representative Leslie Harper Named Tribal Leadership Negotiator on ESSA Rulemaking Committee


The U.S. Department of Education today named committee members who will draft proposed regulations in two areas of Title I, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This is the latest step in the process of implementing ESSA.

“We look forward to working with the committee to promote equity and excellence for all students by providing states and school districts with timely regulations so that they can plan ahead and support students and educators,” said Ann Whalen, senior advisor to the secretary, delegated the duties of the assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education.

ESSA replaces the outdated No Child Left Behind law and expands on the work this Administration, states, districts and schools across the country have already started. The new law will help build on key progress that we’ve made in education over recent years—including a record high school graduation rate of 82 percent, significant expansion of high-quality preschool, and a million more African American and Hispanic students enrolled in college than in 2008, when President Obama took office.

ESSA promotes equitable access to educational opportunities in critical ways, such as asking states to hold all students to high academic standards to prepare them for college and careers and ensuring action in the lowest-performing schools, high schools with low graduation rates, and in schools that are consistently failing subgroups of students. Maintaining effective, high-quality assessments and ensuring that all states and districts know how to meet the updated “supplement not supplant” requirement are crucial to achieving these objectives.

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Every Student Succeeds Act Webinar TODAY!

On December 10, 2015, the President signed into law the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA), amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA).  The Department of Education is now in the process of helping States and districts transition to and implement the law.  On February 4, 2015, the Department published a notice of intent to engage in negotiated rulemaking to:

  • update existing assessment regulations to reflect changes to section 1111(b)(2) of ESEA, and
  • to prepare proposed regulations related to the requirement under Section 1118(b) of ESEA, that title I, part A funds be used to supplement, and not supplant, non-Federal funds.

To help our stakeholders understand and be involved in this process, the Department is hosting a webinar, including a brief Q&A, on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Eastern time, to provide an overview of the rulemaking process, including negotiated rulemaking. Space is limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis.  For this reason, we ask that groups have a single representative join.  For those who cannot attend, the webinar will be posted afterwards on http://www.ed.gov/essa

Department of Education: Negotiated Rulemaking Committee; Negotiator Nominations

The Department of Education announces their intention to establish a negotiated rulemaking committee prior to publishing proposed regulations to implement part A of title I, Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The negotiating committee will include representatives of constituencies that are significantly affected by the topics proposed for negotiations, including Federal, State, and local education administrators, tribal leadership, parents and students, including historically underrepresented students, teachers, principals, other school leaders (including charter school leaders), paraprofessionals, members of State and local boards of education, the civil rights community, including representatives of students with disabilities, English learners, and other historically under-served students, and the business community.

DATES: Must be received on or before February 25, 2016

Submit your nominations for negotiators to:
James Butler, U.S.
Department of Education, 400 Maryland
Avenue SW., Room 3W246,
Washington, DC 20202

Telephone (202) 260–9737
or by email:OESE.ESSA.nominations@ed.gov.

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