Final K-12 Accountability Rule Expected Today

November 28, 2016

By Michael Stratford at Politico

The Education Department this morning published its final rule for holding schools accountable under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The final version features a few key changes, like giving states and school districts more time to implement their plans and start identifying the lowest-performing schools for extra support. That could alleviate a major concern voiced by state education chiefs and district superintendents across the country. And while the final rule keeps a requirement that states come up with summative ratings — overall scores or evaluations for schools — the Education Department makes it extra clear that those ratings don’t have to look like A-F letter grades. The big question now is whether those changes will help the rule survive the threat of an incoming Trump administration...