UPDATED as of 3/26/18: USDE approves Texas' ESSA Plan.
ICYMI: Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced yesterday that USDE approved Texas' ESSA Plan. He issued the following statement in response to the plan's approval:
“In Texas, we are committed to ensuring every child is prepared for success in college, a career or the military. Our state plan reflects a commitment to reinforcing public education outcomes for more than five million schoolchildren while continuing to strengthen the economic future of Texas.”
According to the Texas Tribune, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos issued the following statement upon approving the Texas' plan, "I look forward to seeing how Texas embraces the flexibility afforded by ESSA to innovate on behalf of the Lone Star State’s students.”
Education officials says it's not too late for parents and educators to suggest changes to the A-F accountability system despite that it has received federal approval. "Should the agency receive additional feedback during the A-F accountability public comment period that leads to decisions different from what has been approved in our ESSA plan, Commissioner [Mike] Morath will submit amendments to USDE that reflect input from stakeholders," TEA spokesperson Lauren Callahan said in a statement.
Comments maybe submitted electronically by email at feedbackAF@tea.texas.gov.
3/8/18: Texas sent its' final ESSA state plan to USDE on Tuesday. Attached to this article is a user-friendly table that shows 'what's out, what's in, and what's final' regarding the changes that have been made since the plan was first submitted in Sept. 2017. Also attached to this article is a highlighted pdf of the final plan which allows subscribers to quickly locate the new and/or revised content.
As per TEA's press release, there is no announced timeframe for a final decision by U.S. Secretary DeVos.