NASP has issued numerous statements directly to leaders in the House, Senate, and Federal Agencies related to the development and eventual passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. These letters specify how NASP believes our official professional positions should be articulated in the law and regulation. These letters represent the messages that were consistently and continuously conveyed to individual members of Congress throughout the reauthorization process and highlight the significant impact that school psychologists' collective advocacy has on legislation, regulation, and practice.
July 28, 2016-NASP Reponds to Proposed ESSA Accountability Regulations
The Deparment of Education proposed a set of regulations outlining additional requirements for state and local education agencies. NASP's response can be found here.
May 25, 2016 - Comments to the Department of Education
NASP submitted written recommentations regarding ESSA implemenation to the Department of Education.
January 21, 2016 - Written Comments to the Department of Education
The Department of Education held two in person Public Hearings and solicited public feedback regarding ways the Department could ensure successful implementation of ESSA. NASP provided oral testimony at the DC public hearing and submitted written comments.
June 29, 2015 Letter to Senate Regarding the Every Student Achieves Act
As the Full Senate prepared to consider the Every Student Achieves Act, NASP actively advocated for, and in some cases against, various amendments that would be brought up for debate. This letter provided a summary of our position on specific amendments.
February 4, 2015. Letter to House Education and Workforce Committee
On February 3, 2015, Chairman John Kline introduced the Student Success Act, his vision for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. NASP did not support this bill for various and submitted this response.
February 2, 2015 Open Letter Regarding Title IV Funding
Senator Alexander's discussion draft proposed making significant changes to available funding streams to support students mental, behavioral, and physical health, improve school climate and safety, and support positive conditions for learning. A broad coaltion of national organizations submitted this request to the HELP Committee.
February 2, 2015. Response to Sen. Alexander's Discussion Draft: The Every Child Ready for College or Career Act
On January 13, 2015, HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander released a discussion draft of the Every Child Ready for College or Career Act. This draft outlined various policy changes and included two potential options for reforming state accountability and assessment. Alexander used this bill to start a conversation among educators, parents, and advocates about the best path forward. NASP submitted these comments and specific recommendations.
Influencing ESSA at the Local Level
State school psychology associations and individual members alike played a significant role in influencing the final version of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Their collective voice was critical in promoting and preserving NASP priorities and the priorities of their individual states in the final passage of ESSA. NASP has numerous resources to help school psychologists advocate for the effective implementation of ESSA in their local communities.
NASP Coalition Statements
National Alliance of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel
NASISP successfully advocated for the policies outlined in this document.