[NHDOE-ETNews] Every Student Succeeds Act Accountability and State Plans Open for Public Comment

Freeda, Stanley Stanley.Freeda at doe.nh.gov
Wed Jun 29 12:05:29 EDT 2016

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ITEM:  Every Student Succeeds Act Accountability and State Plans Open for Public Comment

The United States Department of Education (USDOE) has recently proposed regulations on accountability, consolidated state plans, and data reporting under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The proposed regulations were published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, May 31, and are available here<https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/05/31/2016-12451/elementary-and-secondary-education-act-of-1965-as-amended-by-the-every-student-succeeds>.  These proposed rules are subject to a 60-day public comment period, with comments due by August 1, 2016.  The U.S. Department of Education has provided a summary of these regulations here<http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essaaccountabilitynprmsummary52016.pdf>.

Details and a link to submit comments on the proposals are found here:

Public Comments are due on August 1, 2016.  The entire document can be found here:

  *   Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov<http://www.regulations.gov> to submit your comments electronically. Information on using Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing agency documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on the site under "Are you new to the site?"

  *   Postal Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery: If you mail or deliver your comments about these proposed regulations, address them to Meredith Miller, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 3C106, Washington, DC 20202-2800.
USDOE's policy is to make all comments received from members of the public available for public viewing in their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov<http://www.regulations.gov>. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available.

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association representing U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders released the following statement expressing serious concern about the Senate Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee's decision to limit funding for the  Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grant Program (SSAEG - Title IV-A) to just $300 million for fiscal year 2017. The program, established by the Every Student Succeeds Act, intended to provide critical resources for state and local education technology investments, including supporting essential professional learning opportunities for both educators and school leaders.  At this level of funding, NH Schools would receive approximately $8,000 for all Title IV A Student Support and Academic Enrichment Services.

"The subcommittee's proposed SSAEG funding level falls well below the investment required to help states meet the technology needs of digital-age administrators, educators and students. This approach walks away from ESSA's call for leveraging technology to better support the nation's students, especially learners in our poorest communities." stated SETDA's Executive Director, Dr. Tracy Weeks. "We do hope the Appropriations Committee will address this shortfall, before sending the bill to the full Senate to avoid leaving gaps in support for digital learning."

SETDA will continue to advocate for increased funding levels for the SSAEG as the appropriations process continues.

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