I am writing to let you know that this month the Office of School Support and Accountability will be viewing State websites to better understand State-level implementation of the important report card requirements under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA). Report cards are essential for providing timely information to parents and other stakeholders about overall school and State performance and we are taking the opportunity to review some key data elements across States to see whether you have them in place and to identify States implementing notable or innovative ways to share data in a user-friendly manner.
Specifically, between now and the end of the month, we will review State websites to determine whether the State report card has been posted and will review several new elements required under the ESEA, including:
- Whether the report card (or the State’s website) includes the State’s list of schools identified for comprehensive support and improvement, targeted support and improvement, and additional targeted support and improvement;
- Whether the State report card includes required per pupil expenditure information;
- Whether, in reporting for academic achievement and high school graduation rates, the information on the State report card can be cross-tabulated for military connected students, students in foster care, and homeless students; and
- Whether the State report card includes a list of local educational agencies and schools that received section 1003 funds, as well as the types of interventions and/or strategies implemented in each school with such funds.
I want to provide a few caveats. First, there is no statutory deadline by which report cards must be posted, so if the report card is not yet posted, that does not make the State out of compliance with the ESEA. Second, this is not a formal monitoring exercise. That is, we will not produce a report or issue a finding based on this activity. We may, however, follow up with you if we have any questions about the information. Please share this email with your colleagues who work directly on or with your State report card. If you have any questions about this review, please reach out to our Title I team at OESE.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patrick Rooney, Director
School Support and Accountability