State Plan Submissions – So Far

State Plan Submissions – So Far

April 5, 2017

 

On April 3, states began to submit their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. So far, here’s the coverage we’ve seen of those submissions:

Connecticut: Dianna Wentzell, Commissioner of Education is looking forward to “the work ahead in ensuring all Connecticut students have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life.”

Delaware: The state’s plan reflects the “results of months of extensive consultation and meaningful engagement with our community,” according to Delaware’s Secretary of Education Susan Blunting.

District of Columbia: Through an inquiry by Education Week, D.C. submitted their plan to the Dept. of Education

Illinois: Through an inquiry by Education Week, Illinois submitted their plan to the Dept. of Education

Massachusetts: Through an inquiry by Education Week, Massachusetts submitted their plan to the Dept. of Education

Nevada: Nevada’s Deputy Superintendent for Student Achievement Brett Barley commented, “We really do have a plan that was designed for, and by, Nevada that is intended to put the federal law in service to our unique needs and priorities,”

New Jersey: The plan calls for “decreasing the importance of standardized test scores in rating schools” and “giving states more flexibility to decide how to intervene in struggling school districts.”

New Mexico: Through an inquiry by Education Week, New Mexico submitted their plan to the Dept. of Education

Tennessee: Nakia Town, who overseas data and research for the state, said the plan focuses on student growth. The new plan also rates schools using the A-F grading system.

Vermont: Through an inquiry by Education Week, Vermont submitted their plan to the Dept. of Education

Last week, we shared materials from experts and organizations on how states should think about creating their state plans and what key provisions they should be sure to include. Here are a few more helpful resources:

– Chiefs for Change’s ESSA Indicators of School Quality and Student Success, Implementing Change: Rethinking School Improvement Strategies and Funding Under ESSA, and ESSA Title II-A: Preparing, Training and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers and School Leaders

– Education Week’s Six Questions to Ask About State Plans and Your Guide to the Hurdles State ESSA Plans Have Endured So Far; and

– The U.S. Dept. of Education’s State Plan Peer Review Criteria