EdWeek Highlights Key Groups That Have Weighed in on ESSA Drafts

EdWeek Highlights Key Groups That Have Weighed in on ESSA Drafts

August 24, 2016

Education Week continued highlighting “key groups that have weighed in on the draft ESSA regulations covering accountability.” This week’s summary includes:

  • The National Association of Elementary School Principals, and National Association of Secondary School Principals are concerned that the proposed regulations may inhibit the goal of more “state and local flexibility.” While the groups support “the draft rules’ requirement for using at least three performance levels to judge schools,” they note that ESSA’s “emphasis on gathering multiple measures of schools’ performance” and the single summative score requirement “are contradictory.”
  • The National PTA focused its comments on the opt-out movement and “how states should respond to districts with low test-participation rates.” The National PTA wants to see states “take the lead in such situations.” The organization is also “pleased with the department’s proposed rule that school district report cards be developed after consulting with parents.”
  • The National Indian Education Association “joins with” the National Council of La Raza calling for a five-year maximum timeline for students to learn English. NIEA noted that “Native students often make up less than 50 percent of the students in a school and often have been ignored or overlooked in evaluation of school performance,” and wants schools to focus on helping these students meet academic standards.