Bureau of Indian Education Publishes Standards, Assessments and Accountability System Rule

Bureau of Indian Education Publishes Standards, Assessments and Accountability System Rule

March 30, 2020

The Bureau of Indian Education recently published its Standards, Assessment and Accountability System Final rule under the Every Student Succeeds Act, according to the Cherokee Phoenix. The SAAS rule will “provide the BIE with the ability to operate under a unified assessment system intended to bolster professional development and student performance.” The new rule will establish a simple, clear, and unified framework for assessments and accountability across the BIE-funded “elementary schools, secondary schools and dormitories” in 23 states that serve an estimated 46,000 students. In addition to providing educators “the ability to share research-based best practice[s],” the rule also “reaffirms the right of Tribes to use Native American languages as a medium of instruction.”