Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Iowa's Draft ESSA Plan
On 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)
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 ESSA@iowa.gov 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.
Iowa ESSA fact sheet (2016-09-26)
ESSA Press Releases
- 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
U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Resources
Proposed Regulations - Scroll about half way down the page.