How should the U.S. Department of Education regulate under the Every Student Succeeds Act? People got a chance to share their thoughts with the department face-to-face during two hearings this month. But the public also got a chance to submit public comments on the Internet. The comment period for those submissions just closed Thursday. And as of about 6 p.m. that day, there were more than 200 comments filed.
So what were some of the highlights? You probably wont be surprised to learn that accountability took up a lot of the oxygen in the comments. And testing issues like how to handle opt-outs were also expounded upon. Plus, school turnaround issues and funding got some attention.
Weve tried to organize the highlighted comments into several categories where there was a lot of input. Confession: We havent been through all 200-plus comments. But dont worry, this isnt the last time well take a look at what folks want to see in ESSA regs.