The U.S. Department of Education wants input to its rules to implement the Every Student Succeed Act. State Education Commissioner Pam Stewart wrote them a letter, a long one. In it she lists her concerns. Her first concern had a familiar ring; under the proposed timeline, it would not be possible to implement the new rules by the beginning of the 2017-18 year. One has to smile, Ms. Stewart is right. She has learned from experience when district superintendents voiced similar complaints about the timeline for implementing the Florida Student Assessment accountability measures two years ago. Stewart’s other concerns are more problematic.
I list them below.