AASA Issues Statement on the ESSA Implementation Process


James Minichello
703-774-6953 (cell)

Alexandria, Va. – Feb. 6, 2017 – Today, Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association, issued the following statement on recent efforts of Congress to rescind certain education regulations:

“AASA worked hard to support completion of what became the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bold reauthorization designed to provided state and local education agencies with the authority and flexibility they need to grow student learning and expand education innovation.

“We applaud Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Representatives Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) and Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) for their effort to include the final regulations on the ESSA accountability regulations and teacher preparation programs in the Congressional Review Act disapproval resolutions. In both cases, the final regulations reach beyond the intent of the underlying statute, constructing unnecessary barriers to state and local leadership.

“The ESSA statute is clear on its intent to return decision-making power to the education professionals, working at the ground level to run our nation’s public schools and implement federal policy. AASA’s Beliefs & Position Statement is clear: The primary responsibility for determining educational methods and strategies resides at the state and local levels, consistent with the 1979 U.S. Department of Education Organization Act. States have a constitutional responsibility to establish, fund and support public education. Local school districts have a responsibility to ensure student learning in the context of their state’s constitutional requirements for education.

“Our members—superintendents working to implement ESSA—remain committed to working with Congress and the administration to ensure a successful transition to ESSA and will continue to communicate their goals and needs, as they arise, as it relates to further support or clarification from the federal level, whether through guidance, technical assistance or regulation.” 


For specific questions about ESSA implementation, please contact Noelle Ellerson Ng, AASA associate executive director, policy and advocacy, at nellerson@aasa.org.


About AASA
AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. For more information, visit www.aasa.org.