(2016, November) | Useful to Parent Centers and state agencies in understanding and implementing ESSA.

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released final regulations to implement the accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), with a focus on supporting states in using their flexibility to provide a high-quality, well-rounded education, and ensure equity remains at the core of implementation.

The Department released the final regulations after a public comment period that brought many productive comments and suggestions from parents, teachers, school leaders, district and state officials, members of Congress, civil rights organizations, and others. The final regulations as issued reflect much of that input. One key change to note is the extended timeline for identification of schools for support and improvement.

Resources Available on the Department’s Website

The final regulations:

Fact sheet:

Timeline for identification of schools for support and improvement:

A press release regarding the publication of these final regulations is also available: