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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Iowa's Draft ESSA Plan

ESSA logoOn January 6, 2017, the Iowa Department of Education released the first draft of Iowa’s state plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act for public comment. Iowans are invited to provide feedback on the plan through an online survey as well as a statewide tour from two-week January 9-February 2.

Draft State Plan for ESSA (2017-01-06)

Online Feedback Survey

Statewide Tour Dates and Locations

Department leaders sought input for the draft plan through 13 public forums throughout 2016, a state advisory committee, focus groups, education work teams focused on specific components of ESSA, and written comments.

Feedback also can be submitted via email at or by mail: Iowa Department of Education, Attn: Deputy Director David Tilly/ESSA Feedback, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St., Des Moines, IA 50319-0146

Comments will be considered in a revised draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan, which is expected in May.

About the Every Student Succeeds Act

ESSA is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. This update, which received bipartisan support in Congress and was signed by the President in 2015, replaces the No Child Left Behind Act and will be fully implemented in the 2017-18 school year. ESSA maintains a focus on transparency and accountability while returning more authority to states and local school districts to set goals and create systems of support that will improve student learning. Under ESSA, Iowa and other states must develop state plans that address academic standards, assessments, school and district accountability, funding, and support for struggling schools.

Every Student Succeeds Act Advisory Committee

Iowa Resources

Iowa ESSA fact sheet (2016-09-26)

ESSA Iowa Frequently Asked Questions for Educators

2016-05-06 Iowa's Transition Plan for Supplemental Education Services and School Choice Options under No Child Left Behind for 2016-17

2016-04-14 Webinar Recording - Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status - Presentation Slides

2016-04-04 ESSA Letter to Superintendents - AYP

2016-03-01 ESSA Letter to Superintendents - SES

ESSA Press Releases

Presentation Slides from September-October 2016 Public Input Meetings

U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Resources

Read the Every Student Succeeds Act

Transitioning to the ESSA FAQ

Proposed Regulations - Scroll about half way down the page.

USDE ESSA webpage

2016-06-23 USDE Dear Colleague Letter - Stakeholder engagement guidance, resources, and examples

2016-02-05 USDE Letter to Iowa - SES and Choice

2016-01-28 ESSA Dear Colleague Letter


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on January 21, 2017 at 2:42am.