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Welcome to Understanding ESSA

ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is the new federal law signed this past December and replaces NCLB. And though the debate over standards and assessments will continue, now these discussions will be held and decided at the state level as the new law is implemented across the country.

On this new site you will find the latest updates on the status of ESSA implementation and commentary from the state, federal, and stakeholder levels. This resource tool will act as a news aggregator in the coming months to inform and strengthen our knowledge on the issue.  

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Implementation Timeline & Key Dates

March 6, April 3, July 5, or September 18, 2017

Proposed deadlines by Dept. of Education for states to turn over individual accountability systems to the Dept. of Education (120 day review process then begins).

August 2017:

Full implementation of accountability systems.