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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Iowa's Draft ESSA Plan

ESSA logoThe Iowa Department of Education will spend the next few months revising the first draft of Iowa’s plan to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act, with the goal of releasing a final draft in May and submitting a final plan to the U.S. Department of Education in September.
The Department has sought broad feedback on the first draft of Iowa’s ESSA plan since its release on January 6. Those efforts have included a two-week statewide information tour, an online feedback survey, and a state advisory committee.

Iowans may continue to give feedback 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.

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

Presentation Slides from the Information Tours

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 (2016-07-15)

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

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 April 30, 2017 at 9:57am.