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Florida Department of Education begins collecting public input on federal accountability law



As promised, the Florida Department of Education has begun collecting public input on its efforts to implement revisions to federal education accountability laws.

One day later than anticipated, the department launched a website for interested people to give advice and ideas on such concepts as what types of success measures to use other than testing. It has broken up the input into seven areas specified in the Every Student Succeeds Act, as well as areas to comment on the federal draft regulations and on the law generally.

People can respond to as many, or as few, as they wish. The deadline is July 22.

"It is important to note that, as we continue through this process, there will be additional opportunities for stakeholders to offer suggestions," commissioner Pam Stewart noted in an advisory to superintendents. "Once FDOE develops Florida's draft state plan, we will again ask you and all of our state's education stakeholders to provide feedback before the state plan is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education."

People with questions may send email to

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 3:07pm]


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