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Recently, the U.S. Department of Education took a big step forward on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) when it unveiled draft federal regulations on the law’s accountability, reporting, and state plan provisions. Specifically, the draft rules address the use of multiple measures, including new indicators of school quality and student success, in state accountability systems, design and delivery of state and district annual report cards, and development of state plans across ESSA programs.
As noted in ACTE new fact sheet on ESSA accountability, states must develop an accountability system that includes measures of student academic achievement as well as indicators of school quality or student success, which can include career readiness indicators. ESSA also provides the option to include Perkins performance indicators on state and district report cards, which will help parents, policymakers and the community understand important role of CTE in student success. With respect to state plans, the department is seeking input on engaging a diverse group of stakeholders, which should include the CTE educators, in the design, development and implementation of those plans. Also, the proposed regulations ask states to describe their strategies to support educator professional development and retention, and for providing student access to a well-rounded education, which can incorporate rigorous CTE coursework.
For a more comprehensive description of the department’s proposed rules, read a summary of the regulations and the full Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, or visit the department’s ESSA page at www.ed.gov/essa. The public is invited to submit comments on the proposal now through August 1.
Posted by Mitch Coppes on 06/01/2016 at 02:51 PM in ESEA, Executive Branch | Permalink
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