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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Feds Provide Guidance on Recent Changes to ESEA

From Jim Gerl's Special Education Law Blog

By Jim Gerl, Esq.
December 23, 2015

The U. S. Department of Education issued a Dear Colleague Letter on Friday providing guidance on the recently reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The letter covers expectations regarding:
  • Title I assessment peer review;
  • annual measurable objectives (AMOs) and annual measurable achievement objectives (AMAOs) for school years 2014–2015 and 2015–2016;
  • conditions and other related requirements under ESEA flexibility;
  • priority and focus school lists; and,
  • educator evaluation and support systems under ESEA flexibility.

In addition, the letter notes that a Request for Information (RFI) that seeks advice and recommendations regarding regulations under Title I of the ESEA as reauthorized by the ESSA is available today for public inspection at

A link to that document will be available at when it is published in the Federal Register. So if you have thoughts about new Title I regulations, you may provide input there.

You can read the Dear Colleague Letter here.

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