NCSECS' Letter to the Department of Education Regarding Accountability Provisions of ESSA

Today, the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools submitted formal comments to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) related to the Every Student Succeeds Act accountability and state Title I planning provisions.

Highlights of NCSECS recommendations related to charter schools and special education students include:

·         Requesting ED to eliminate an outdated NCLB regulation allowing States to count students whom have exited special education to continue to be counted in the students with disabilities subgroup [up to two additional years] for the purposes of reporting and accountability;

·         Supporting ED’s proposal to require States to provide both an overall summative school rating and a ‘dashboard’ of information about how a school performed on each indicator within its accountability system, as measured for all students and for each subgroup; 

·         Supporting ED’s proposal requiring State report cards to include how the charter school student achievement and other reported data compares to the district(s) from which the charter school draws a significant portion of its students or geographic community; and,

·         Requesting a new provision to allow States to use Title I [1003] funds to support students enrolled in comprehensive support and improvement schools to transfer to a charter school run by a highly successful operator.

Read NCSECS' full comments to ED here.