USED & White House
January 2020 Website Reviews of SEA Report Cards

Dear Colleagues,


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



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.