Summary of State ESSA Tours Underway

Summary of State ESSA Tours Underway

September 14, 2016


Alabama: Governor developed ESSA Implementation Committee

AlaskaCompleted webinar presentation series; online tool created for Alaskans to contribute thoughts and questions

Arizona: Conducting “We Are Listening Tour”  (end Oct. 6)

ArkansasBuilding State Capacity and Productivity Center & South Central Comprehensive Center

California: Superintendent’s ESSA Webinar Series

ColoradoCompleted state listening tour

Connecticut: Superintendents’ ESSA Webinar Series (end Sept. 15)

Delaware: Planning to host community conversations

Florida: Collecting public input online, first round open until July 22, 2016

Georgia: Timeline indicates they will develop Working and Advisory Committees (May-June) & organize opportunities in the state for feedback (July)

Hawaii: Governor Ige created an ESSA Team

IdahoDeveloped workgroup committees

Illinois: Completed state listening tour

Indiana: No information

Iowa: ESSA informational website

Kansas:  ESSA informational website

KentuckyCompleted Town Halls: Superintendent named 40-member steering committee to develop a new accountability system based on meetings

Louisiana: Superintendents White hosting statewide meetings (end Aug. 2)

Maine: ESSA informational website

Maryland: Created ESSA Stakeholder Committee

MassachusettsConducting stakeholder listening sessions; also developed online feedback form for public

MichiganPlanning July and October listening tour

MinnesotaCompleted Topic Area Meetings: Next meeting is with Commissioner Brenda Cassellius, July 20th

Mississippi: Office of Chief Research and Development Officer letter on ESSA implementation

Missouri: ESSA informational website

Montana: Created an ESSA Work Group


Nevada: Developed ESSA Advisory Group

New Hampshire: Developed advisory teams and issue task forces

New Jersey: ESSA informational website

New Mexico:

New York: Plans to post “Characteristics of Highly Effective Schools and Guiding Principles” document for public comment

North CarolinaCompleted Public Comment Sessions

North Dakota: Created State ESSA Planning Committee

Ohio: ODE holding webinars covering specific topics for stakeholders (end Sept. 30)


OregonCompleted Community Forums

PennsylvaniaESSA public meetings

Rhode Island:

South Carolina:

South Dakota: Developed four work groups, convene from April through September

Tennessee: Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and senior department leaders completed a statewide listening tour

TennesseeEstablished six working groups to begin meeting in early July & provide input on the ESSA transition plan

Texas: Commissioner noted in a memo TEA will begin to process of engaging stakeholders’ TBD


Vermont: ESSA informational website

VirginiaPublic hearings being held (end Aug. 25)

WashingtonRegional forums on ESSA (end Aug. 2)

West Virginia:

Wisconsin: Superintendent Evers will hold listening sessions (end Aug. 18)

WyomingVirtual Town Hall meetings