TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— The Foundation for Excellence in Education (ExcelinEd) has submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Education on two components of its proposed regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
ExcelinEd’s comments assert that the proposed rules clarify a number of concepts in the statute and provide workable, common sense requirements in key areas such as the use of locally selected, nationally recognized high school assessments.
However, ExcelinEd is concerned about the proposed requirements related to the assessment of English learners in non-English languages. We urge the Department to more carefully consider the costs associated with developing, providing peer review and administering these assessments.
Innovative Assessment Pilot
ExcelinEd believes that the Department’s proposed rules implementing the Innovative Assessment Pilot would help ensure that states have the opportunity to transition away from traditional, one-size-fits-all, time-based education and assessment systems toward more personalized, competency-based models that better adapt to the needs of individual students.
ExcelinEd specifically supports supports a number of the Department’s proposed provisions clarifying three key elements of the statute:
- Students in districts not participating in the demonstration authority must continue to take the statewide assessment;
- States must appropriately demonstrate how their innovative assessments meet the statute’s technical requirements; and
- Participating states must meet an appropriate timeline to administer their innovative assessments on a statewide basis.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the United States law that governs K-12 public education policy. It was signed into law on December 10, 2015, after passing with bipartisan congressional support. ESSA reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act and also replaces a previous reauthorization, the No Child Left Behind Act.