Statement by Mimi Corcoran on the U.S. Department of Education’s Final Regulations for Title I of ESSA

Statement by Mimi Corcoran, President & CEO, National Center for Learning Disabilities on the U.S. Department of Education’s Final Regulations for Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act

On behalf of the 1 in 5 children with learning and attention issues and their families, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) commends the U.S. Department of Education for working to ensure that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) stays true to its roots as a civil rights law and its mission of providing an opportunity for an excellent education for every child.

In issuing final regulations for key provisions of Title I of ESSA, the Department has signaled to States, districts, students and families the importance of upholding the letter and spirit of the law and has provided needed direction as the education community works together to achieve that goal.  Importantly, ESSA – supported by the Department’s final regulations – allows States and school districts, in collaboration with families and communities, to create educational systems that target support when schools or groups of children within a school are struggling.

However, while these regulations provide a blueprint for how States can create their accountability systems, they leave significant discretion to States and school districts in areas that will determine how, when and why schools are identified for needing additional support and interventions.  Getting these details right will be critical to achieving the civil rights goals of ESSA.  NCLD, together with our community of parents, will continue to advocate for States and school districts to use this opportunity to honestly reflect on how students are faring, to set high expectations and ambitious goals, and commit to taking timely action if students are under performing.

NCLD is committed to working with States, school districts, and civil rights partners to ensure that the implementation of ESSA supports improved outcomes for students with learning and attention issues.