Scheduled for Thursday
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 13, 2016) — Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt will testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in Washington, D.C. at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday on the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
The U.S. Department of Education (USED) is accepting public comment on proposed ESSA regulations. Individuals may read the proposed regulations on accountability, state plans, and data reporting and submit comments here. The deadline to do so is Aug. 1. So far, about 4,000 comments have been offered.
“It is imperative, for the welfare of our students and schools, that our educators and shareholders are engaged in this process to ensure our system will reflect the values of Kentucky,” Pruitt said. “It is not only our right to provide feedback, it is the right thing to do.”
ESSA, signed into law in December 2015, reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act—the main federal law governing public education—and replaces No Child Left Behind. Kentucky already has started work on creating a new accountability system under ESSA. The current timeline calls for a new system to be in place for the 2017-18 school year