Federal Guidance

ESSA takes effect in the 2017-2018 school year, and many states and districts will have to make significant changes to comply with the law. The Department of Education will be creating regulations and releasing guidance to provide more detail and techinical assistances related to the new policies and practices required by ESSA.

The Regulatory Processs

Regulations specify process how certain parts of the law must be implemented. The Department of Education uses negotiated rule-making and the public comment process to draft final rules. NASP actively participates in this process and encourages state associations and individual members to comment on proposed regulations to ensure that final rules represent current research and best practices.   Complete information regarding the regulatory process, including proposed and final regulations, is available on ED's website. Information regarding NASP priorities and NASP involvement in the regulatory process will be regulary updated here.

May 31, 2016

The Department of Education released proposed regulations regarding accountability, state plans, and data reporting. NASP plans to submit formal comments before the deadline. 

May 25, 2016

NASP, in partnership with allied organizations and coalitions, participated in various meetings with key decisionmakers within the Department of Education regarding specific components of ESSA.  NASP was actively involved in conversations regarding comprehensive school mental and behavioral health, school climate, school safety, and effective stakeholder engagement.  The Department also solicited written comments from the public; NASP's comments can be found here

January 11. 2016.  

NASP participated in a Public Hearing sponsored by the Department of Education. The purpose of the hearing was to gather input from relevant stakeholders about specific regulations, guidance documents, and technical assistance needed to help states. districts, and schools successfully implement ESSA.  NASP provided oral testimony as well as written testimony

Non Regulatory Guidance and Technical Assistance

In addition to Regulations, the Department often issues "guidance" which is intended to  outline best practices and recommendations for addressing specific issues.  Schools are not required to follow issued guidance, and the Department has limited authority to act in cases where schools are not engaging in practices outlined in guidance and technical assistance materials.  School psychologists can use Federal Guidance to help schools and districts improve service delivey systems and overall outcomes for kids.  

Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments

ESSA emphasizes the use of evidence based strategies and interventions to improve school and student outcomes.  This docuement provides guidance and recommendations to guide the selection of evidence based interventions as defined in ESSA. 

Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care

Department of Education Resources

Comparison of NCLB and Proposed ESSA Regulations
This chart highlights key changes enacted by ESSA

Every Student Succeeds Act: A Progress Report on Elementary and Secondary Education
After President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, he released a report that summarizes the progress the country's schools have made since 2008

The Every Student Succeeds Act
The entire text of the Every Student Succeeds Act 

 

Federal Guidance Documents

The Department of Education often issues "guidance" which is intended to  outline best practices and recommendations for addressing specific issues.  School psychologists can use Federal Guidance to help schools and districts improve service delivey systems and overall outcomes for kids.  

Using Evidence to Strengthen Education Investments

Meeting the Needs of Homeless Children and Youth