NSBA Asks the Department of Ed to Support Local Governance in Accordance with Congressional Intent to Restore State and Local Decision-making Authority in K-12 Education

Alexandria, Va. (September 9, 2016) – Today, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) expressed support for local governance and asked the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) to amend the proposed regulations to remove provisions and requirements that exceed the scope of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and minimize the emphasis on federal compliance by providing an opportunity for state leaders and local school board members to focus on the academic success of students. The Department also should delete provisions in proposed rules that are unnecessary, outside the scope of ESSA, and establish regulatory requirements that effectively limit the authority of state leaders and local school board members.

NSBA comments to the U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed Rulemaking on ESSA Innovative Assessment

The following is correspondence from NSBA to the U.S. Department of Education regarding its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) [Docket ID:  ED—2016—OESE—0047].

Accountability without standardization

Fresh off being named Indiana’s 2015 superintendent of the year, Rocky Killion made national news with an innovative – if not radical - suggestion to his district’s parents who didn’t want their students taking the state-mandated, no opt-out standardized assessment.

Withdraw your children, register them for home schooling, and after the three-week testing window ends, re-enroll them in our schools.

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CPE names “10 Good Things About Public Education”

Can you name 10 good things about public education?

Patte Barth, director of NSBA’s Center for Public Education, recently wrote about the many successes in public education for American School Board Journal, and she also gave her suggestions for ways schools can improve.

For instance, she notes, fourth-graders have improved their reading skills by six points on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) over the past decade.

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