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State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF)

Phase II Indicators and Descriptors
Most Significant Revisions


Extension of Deadline for Indicators (b)(1) and (c)(12)

The USDE will extend to December 31, 2013, upon submission of an approvable request by a State, the January 31, 2012, deadline for the development and implementation of a statewide longitudinal data system under Indicator (b)(1) that includes the 12 elements included in the America COMPETES Act. 

The USDE will also extend to December 31, 2013, upon submission of an approvable request by a State, the January 31, 2012, deadline by which a State must collect and publicly report, or have the capacity to collect and publicly report, the required course completion data under Indicator (c)(12).

The USDE originally proposed to extend the deadline for complying with these indicators to December 31, 2012.  To address concerns raised by States during the public comment period, the USDE will grant extensions of the deadline to December 31, 2013.

Revisions to Requirements Under Indicator (c)(11)

The USDE will extend to December 31, 2013, upon submission of an approvable request by a State, the January 31, 2012, deadline by which a State must collect and publicly report, or have the capacity to collect and publicly report, the student enrollment data required under Indicator (c)(11) for high school graduates who attend an in-state public institution of higher education (IHE).

Upon submission of an approvable request, the USDE will allow a State to use an alternative standard to meet the Indicator (c)(11) data collection and reporting requirements with respect to high school graduates who enroll in in-state private, out-of-state private, or out-of-state public IHEs.  Under the alternative standard, a State must increase, by December 31, 2013, its current capacity to collect and publicly report the required student enrollment data for high school graduates who attend an in-State private IHE, an out-of-state private IHE, or an out-of-state public IHE. 

Again, these final revisions give States an additional year beyond the deadline initially proposed to comply with the requirements of Indicator (c)(11).

Exemption from Reporting Requirements for Descriptors (a)(1) and (a)(2) and Indicators (a)(3) through (a)(7)

In response to comments from States, the USDE is also providing additional flexibility around the deadline for collecting and publicly reporting data related to teacher and principal evaluation systems. 

A State with ESEA Flexibility request will be exempt from the collection and public reporting requirements under SFSF Descriptors (a)(1) and (a)(2) and Indicators (a)(3) through (a)(7).   The original purpose for collecting information on these indicators was to make transparent the rigor, or lack thereof, of teacher and principal evaluation systems.  Because a State with ESEA Flexibility has committed to undertaking comprehensive education reforms, including implementing and reporting against rigorous educator evaluation systems, the USDE does not believe that it is necessary to require additional reporting on Descriptors (a)(1) and (a)(2) and Indicators (a)(3) through (a)(7).

Requesting a Deadline Extension or Authority to Use the Alternative Standard

The USDE encourages States to submit a request for an extension of the deadline to comply with the requirements of Indicators (b)(1), (c)(11), or (c)(12) or the authority to use the alternative standard under Indicator (c)(11) by February 17, 2012.   However, the USDE will accept, without prior USDE approval, a request that is submitted on or before March 2, 2012.  The request form is available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/statestabilization/legislation.html.

The full text of the Federal Register notice is available at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/statestabilization/legislation.html.

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