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Weekly Roundup - January 15, 2016

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What's Next for ESSA?

Body It has been just over a month since President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, effectively replacing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. But what happens next with the new law? The U.S. Department of Education (the department) is beginning the ESSA regulatory process to establish how the law will be implemented. The department is seeking stakeholder input and has committed to helping states, districts, and schools make the transition from NCLB to ESSA as seamless as possible. ASCD provides key dates and details on what is to come below. (*Indicates estimated dates.)

December 10, 2015: President Obama signed bill into law.

December 22, 2015: The department published its first request for public advice and recommendations (PDF) on implementation of Title I of ESSA.

January 11, 2016: The first public meeting on implementing ESSA was held at the department in Washington, D.C., to solicit public input on what issues and provisions within Title I it should, or should not, address through regulations. Find a summary of that meeting here.

January 19, 2016: A second public meeting will be held at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in the Carnesale Commons.

January 21, 2016: The deadline for the public to submit written input regarding what provisions within Title I need regulatory clarification. Find guidance for submitting comments in the Federal Register notice of December 22 (PDF), and submit your comments through the government’s regulations website.

January 2016*: The department will identify and invite individuals for a negotiated rulemaking panel to address Title I standards and assessments, and the supplement-not-supplant requirements. The panel will comprise federal agency representatives and education stakeholders who will work to reach consensus on what may ultimately become regulations.

February 2016*: The negotiated rulemaking panel will hold its first meeting in Washington, D.C.

March 2016*: The department will draft all proposed regulations and will submit language for regulatory review.

April–May 2016*: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) will conduct administrative reviews; these are required by law to ensure alignment of proposed regulatory language with the administration’s policy priorities.

May 2016*: Regulatory language will be submitted to Congress for review, as required by ESSA. The department will make adjustments based on congressional comments.

May–June 2016*: The department will publish the final Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register, allowing 60 days for public comment. Capitol Connection will alert readers when this notice is published.

July–August 2016*: The department will begin reviewing and responding to all comments from the public. Final language must undergo additional reviews by OMB and OIRA.

April–June, 2016*: The department will begin peer review of state assessment systems, as required by ESSA. This step ensures that state assessment systems meet nationally recognized professional and technical standards. Under the reviews, each state will receive feedback from external experts on its current assessments.

July 1, 2016: Formula changes under ESSA take effect (e.g., Title I funding for disadvantaged students and Title II funding for educator supports).

August 1, 2016: NCLB waivers end. States will not be required to deliver follow-up actions previously required under waivers, unless such actions relate to areas covered by ESSA.

October 1, 2016: Changes to competitive grant program funding in ESSA take effect. A program that is no longer authorized in ESSA will get only one more year of funding (subject to appropriations), even if time remains in grants awarded prior to reauthorization.

October 2016*: Final regulations will be published and go into effect.

School Year 2017–2018: All other ESSA provisions will take effect.

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