For public comment through January 16, 2022: ED releases draft FAQ: Impact of COVID-19 on 2021-2022 Accountability Systems

DEC 17, 2021




Dear colleagues,


I am pleased to share the Draft Frequently Asked Questions: Impact of COVID-19 on 2021-2022 Accountability Systems Required under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). The purpose of this draft document is to support State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and schools as they implement accountability and school improvement requirements under section 1111 of the ESEA. The Department recognizes that there may be questions as SEAs prepare to implement their systems this year. As SEAs consider changes to their accountability systems due to the impact of COVID-19, this is also an opportunity for SEAs to consider ways they can refine and further strengthen these systems consistent with ESEA requirements. In developing this document, the Department has sought to answer a number of the frequently asked questions posed by teachers, school and LEA leaders, SEA representatives, civil rights organizations, education advocates, and policymakers.


The Department is providing an opportunity for the public to comment on this document through January 16, 2022. We ask that you refrain from providing line-edits of the document. Instead, please submit substantive comments about the content of the draft, including feedback on any additional topics you would like to see included, to OESE.Feedback@ed.gov. We will consider comments in making revisions but will not provide responses to individual comments.


The document is available at https://oese.ed.gov/offices/office-of-formula-grants/school-support-and-accountability/title-i-part-a-program/resources/.


As always, please contact us at OESE.titlei-a@ed.gov with any questions or if we can be of assistance. I hope everyone has a nice holiday season and a happy new year.



Patrick Rooney, Director
School Support and Accountability

About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.