The Every Student Succeeds Act Regulations Released

Today the U.S. Department of Education (Department) issued final regulations to implement provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regarding school accountability, data reporting, and state plans. The regulations incorporate the feedback from state leaders from The Council of State Governments (CSG) that the Department received through the public comment process.  The Department stated that the public feeedback is incorporated, while maintaining the focus on providing states with new flexibility to ensure that every child gets a high-quality and well-rounded education, and enhancing equity and preserving critical civil rights protections for all students. The bipartisan law and these regulations give states and districts the opportunity to move beyond No Child Left Behind’s reliance on a limited range of metrics and punitive “pass/fail” labels for schools, and use their planning and accountability processes to reimagine and redefine what a high-quality education should mean for their students. 

Please go to for the full regulations.  

For more information on the regulations and what they mean for state policymakers join us on Dec. 9th during the CSG annual conference during our session: Moving Beyond No Child Left Behind. This session will explore what the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act means for state leaders, with a focus on accountability systems and data policy.  To register for the CSG National Conference, please go to