Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Iowa's ESSA Plan
On September 18, the Iowa Department of Education submitted to the U.S. Department of Education the state’s plan for meeting requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Iowa’s plan builds on bold education improvement efforts underway that align with ESSA requirements, including clear and rigorous standards for what students should know and be able to do, a school accountability system that targets support where and when schools need it most, and a structure for professional learning that emphasizes teacher leadership and evidence-based practices.
Iowa Department of Education officials responded to ESSA by launching a broad effort in 2016 to collect input on development of the state’s plan. This outreach effort included 18 public meetings across the state in the fall of 2016 and winter of 2017, meetings of a state advisory committee and 11 education work teams, convening of focus groups, and collection of written comments through online feedback surveys, email and mail. The Department released three drafts of Iowa’s plan for public review in 2017.
ESSA News in Iowa
- 09/18/17 Iowa Department of Education submits ESSA plan to U.S. Department of Education
- 08/17/17 Third draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan released for public review
- 06/16/17 Second draft of Iowa's ESSA plan released for public review, feedback
- 01/20/17 Input sought on first draft of Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan
- 12/20/16 January statewide meetings set on the Every Student Succeeds Act
- 09/20/16 Public input sought on Every Student Succeeds Act
- 08/15/16 Director Wise announces Every Student Succeeds Act Advisory Committee
- 03/23/16 Public input sought on providing support to Iowa students in high-need schools under new federal law
- 12/09/15 Director Ryan Wise releases statement on the Every Student Succeeds Act
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 assessments, school and district accountability, funding, and support for struggling schools.