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Florida Department of Education announces ESSA implementation timeline

The Florida Department of Education plans to begin collecting public input June 20 on how the state's education accountability plan should look, in relation to new federal rules in the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The goal is to have enough feedback that the State Board of Education can adopt a legislative platform detailing needed statutory changes by September.

Some of the issues they'll need to tackle include adopting student success measures other than testing, and determining how to use money set aside for the lowest performing 5 percent of schools. The achievement of English-language learners also will receive higher priority. 

Afterward, the department's timeline looks like this:

• By the end of 2016: FDOE expects to receive final regulations from USED.
• At a date yet to be determined, Florida's ESSA state plan will be posted for public comment for at least 30 days, prior to its due date to USED.
• Early 2017: ESSA offers an opportunity for FDOE to consolidate federal programs funding applications. We anticipate providing training on a new application.
• Spring 2017: During the 2017 Legislative Session, any necessary legislative changes will be pursued.
• Summer or Fall of 2017: If necessary based on any legislative changes, the State Board of Education rulemaking process will commence.

These dates could change, given the "evolving nature" of the process, the DOE said in a memo to superintendents. To get the latest updates, visit the department's ESSA website.

[Last modified: Friday, June 3, 2016 4:11pm]


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