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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Iowa's Draft ESSA Plan

ESSA logoIowans are encouraged to provide feedback on the second draft of the Every Student Succeeds Act state plan, released June 16. 

Iowa Department of Education leaders revised the first draft, released in January, based on broad public input from a statewide information tour, online survey, and state advisory committee. 

Feedback will be collected through an online survey open through July 18.

Comments also may 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

Input on the second draft will be considered in a third and final draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan in August. Iowa’s final ESSA plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by September 18.

June 2017 Draft State Plan for ESSA

Overview of Iowa's ESSA Draft Plan

Give Feedback on June Draft Plan

Changes in June Draft Plan

Feedback Data on January Draft Plan

Every Student Succeeds Act Advisory Committee

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.

January 2017 Draft Plan

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

January Statewide Information Tour (2017-01-06)

Presentation Slides from January Information Tour

ESSA News in Iowa

2016 Resources

ESSA's Provisions for Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care (2016-12-07)

Iowa ESSA fact sheet (2016-09-26)

2016 Listening Tour (2016-09-06)

Presentation Slides from Listening Tour 

ESSA Iowa Frequently Asked Questions for Educators (2016-07-15)

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

Other Resources

Read the Every Student Succeeds Act

U.S. Department of Education's ESSA webpage


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on June 23, 2017 at 12:09pm.