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As Trump Pauses on ESSA Accountability, Advocates Look for Signal on Whether New Rules Will Stick

The implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act just got fuzzier.

The Trump administration late Friday delayed the implementation of all pending federal regulations, including the Obama administration’s proposed ESSA accountability rules. Those rules, governing how states measure school performance and work to improve those that have fallen behind, were finalized in November and set to take effect January 30.

The delay, while largely expected, now pushes any decision on the regulations to at least late March, just two weeks ahead of the first initial deadline for states to submit plans on April 3. State leaders are now left to wonder whether that schedule will hold and whether the Trump administration will rewrite the rules.