NSBA comments on ESEA framework

Source: National School Boards Association

The National School Boards Association has provided comments to the House-Senate Conference Committee ESEA framework summary.

Visit http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/PDFs/ESEA-FrameworkSummary.pdf to view the summary.

Today’s meeting is ongoing and can be viewed live at https://youtu.be/ksof-4NGqWQ.

The ESEA framework summary reaffirms the vital role that locally elected bodies like school boards play in their communities pursuant to Senate amendment No. 2079 sponsored by Senators Fischer, King and Tester. The most substantive changes from the House and Senate passed ESEA bills is enhanced accountability that has bipartisan support (so far) and largely respects local governance authority.

NSBA will continue to analyze and report on developments as the process moves forward.

Below are a few comments regarding the framework summary:

Repeals adequate yearly progress and replaces it with a statewide accountability system

  • The reference to high school dropout factories refers to those with a graduation rate of less than 67 percent.

Maintains important information about student performance

  • States would have the option to use “innovative assessments” such as the SAT.
  • It is largely consistent with current law.

Affirms state control of standards

  • Clarifies against any coercion for states on Common Core, such as a condition for federal funds or other federal approvals.

Helps states to improve low performing schools

  • Would eliminate the school improvement grant program.
  • School districts would be responsible for their management and oversight of their respective evidence based reform efforts.
  • Special emphasis placed upon schools performing within the lowest 5 percent.

Improves accountability for learning outcomes for all students

  • Elevates English Language Proficiency as a component of accountability.
  • Maintains disaggregated data to address areas of proficiency and close the achievement gap among subgroups.
  • Military-connected children is a new element of subgroup accountability.

Targets funds to at-risk children

  • Maintains maintenance of effort (MOE) and would allow flexibility to states for equitable distribution of funds.
  • Consistent with NSBA’s position regarding maximizing investments for the most vulnerable children.

Helps states increase teacher quality

  • Framework eliminates high quality teacher (HQT) requirement in NCLB and includes a conforming amendment with the intention to harmonize with the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Emphasis on STEM subject areas and development of master teacher cores.

Supports at-risk populations

  • Allows school districts to consolidate certain funds, similar to the Rural Education Achievement Program to promote greater efficiency.

Provides greater funding flexibility to enhance support for students and schools

  • Allows school districts to consolidate certain funds, similar to the Rural Education Achievement Program to promote greater efficiency.

Promotes high-quality choices for parents

  • Would expand the charter school program, but also increases accountability.

Maintains and strengthens critical programs

  • While consolidating existing programs, many of the same initiatives are allowable uses of funds.
  • The preschool development grants program is a collaborative program between the Dept. of Education and Health, Human, Services (HHS) Dept. with HHS being the lead administrator.

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