[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 223 (Tuesday, November 19, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 69336-69337]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27699]


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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

34 CFR Part 200

[Docket ID ED-2013-OESE-0018]


Title I--Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of 
Education.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; notice to reopen the public 
comment period.

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SUMMARY: On August 23, 2013, we published in the Federal Register (78 
FR 52467) a notice of proposed rulemaking regarding modified academic 
achievement standards and alternate assessments based on those modified 
academic achievement standards. This notice established an October 7, 
2013, deadline for the submission of written comments. We are reopening 
the public comment period for seven days.

DATES: For the proposed rule published on August 23, 2013 (78 FR 
52467), written submissions must be received by the Department on or 
before November 26, 2013.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal 
or via U.S. mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. We will not 
accept comments submitted by fax or by email or those submitted after 
the comment period. To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies, 
please submit your comments only once. In addition, please include the 
Docket ID at the top of your comments.
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov to 
submit your comments electronically. Information on using 
Regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing agency documents, 
submitting comments, and viewing the docket, is available on the site 
under ``Are you new to the site?''
     U.S. Mail, Commercial Delivery, or Hand Delivery: If you 
mail or deliver your comments about the proposed amendments, address 
them to Monique Chism, Director, Student Achievement and School 
Accountability Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, 
Attention: AA-MAAS NPRM, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland 
Avenue SW., Room 3W224, Washington, DC 20202-6132.
    Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make all comments 
received from members of the public available for public viewing in 
their entirety on the Federal eRulemaking Portal at 
www.regulations.gov. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include 
in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly 
available.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carlos Martinez, U.S. Department of 
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 3W104, Washington, DC 20202-
6132. Telephone: 202-260-1440.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text 
telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-
800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Background: On August 23, 2013, we published a notice of proposed 
rulemaking in the Federal Register (78 FR 52467), proposing to amend 
the regulations governing Title I, Part A of the Elementary and 
Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) (the ``Title I 
regulations''), to no longer authorize a State, in satisfying ESEA 
accountability requirements, to define modified academic achievement 
standards and develop alternate assessments based on those modified 
academic achievement standards. These proposed amendments would permit, 
as a transitional measure and for a limited period of time, States that 
administered alternate assessments based on modified academic 
achievement standards in the 2012-13 school year to continue to 
administer alternate assessments based on modified academic achievement 
standards and include the results in adequate yearly progress (AYP) 
calculations, subject to limitations on the number of proficient scores 
that may be counted for AYP purposes. The notice of proposed rulemaking 
established an October 7, 2013, deadline for the submission of written 
comments. Though the Federal eRulemaking Portal was in operation during 
the recent government shutdown, which included the final seven days of 
the original public comment period, we recognize that interested 
parties reasonably may have believed that the government shutdown 
resulted in a shutdown of the public comment period. To ensure that all 
interested parties are provided the opportunity to submit comments, we 
are reopening the public comment period for seven days.
    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this 
document in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, 
audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the contact person listed 
under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.
    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this 
document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free 
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    Dated: November 14, 2013.
Deborah S. Delisle,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education.
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