State Report Card Requirements

Report Card Memo

On December 10. 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA or “the Act”). The revised ESEA replaces the version of the Act that was reauthorized 15 years ago by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
Title I of the reauthorized Act continues the requirement that each state educational agency (SEA) prepare and distribute widely an annual report card containing various descriptions and data, but makes major changes to the requirements for the report card. The purpose of this memorandum is to analyze the new requirements, with particular attention to changes from NCLB and to the requirements that may be most challenging or burdensome for SEAs.

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