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Proposed Changes to Reporting Requirements under ESSA from the U.S. Department of Education (ED)

By Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson, Director, Data, Program Evaluation, and Reporting, Federal Programs
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 10:32am

EDFacts annually collects data on behalf of U.S. Department of Education (ED) grant and program offices, including pre-kindergarten through grade 12 performance data about students, schools, staff, services, and educational outcomes at the state, district, and school levels, under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). With the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the ESEA in December of 2015, ED has released proposed changes to the EDFacts reporting requirements, which are available for review and comment until October 24, 2016

The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) will be submitting comments on the proposed changes by the closing date. Please submit questions, concerns, or comments pertaining to the proposed reporting requirements to either Nazanin Mohajeri-Nelson at or Donna Morganstern at

The following information has been provided by ED on the proposed changes:

The proposed EDFacts Information Collection package for SY 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19 is now available for review and public comment. Copies may be accessed at the following link: Select “Open Docket Folder” and scroll down to “Supporting Statements” and "Forms and Instructions" (for Appendices) posted on August 24, 2016.   

Approximately 180 data groups are included in the proposed package and respondents include all 50 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, outlying areas and freely associated states, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE).

SY 2016-17 revisions consist only of retired data groups and technical corrections. SY 2017-18 and 2018-19 revisions include the new and changed data requirements as well as retired data groups.

The full package includes two supporting statements and multiple attachments separated out by SY; changes from the existing EDFacts package (1850-0925) are detailed in two versions of “Attachment C Changes.” Please note that ED is asking reviewers to respond to specific questions in “Attachment D Directed Questions.”

Comments in response to this notice must be submitted electronically through www.regulations.govThe public comment period closes on October 24, 2016.