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Comments Supporting U.S. Department of Education’s Guidance for School Support and Improvement

All4Ed, alongside nearly sixty national and state organizations seeking to advance educational equity and excellence through federal, state, and local policy and advocacy, submitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) supporting its draft guidance for school accountability and support under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the 2022-23 school year.

Under ESSA, school accountability systems play a vital role in directing additional funding, supports, and technical assistance to students who need them most. However, ED has waived accountability requirements for the past two school years. As a result, the 2022-23 school year will be the first opportunity for most states to update accountability systems to reflect the additional resources students need as a result of the pandemic. ED’s guidance provides examples of how states may modify their accountability indicators, the methods they use for differentiating schools, and their criteria for identifying schools to account for pandemic-related disruptions. Read the full letter below.