EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (P.L. 114-95)
''The purpose of this title is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.''
The planning and initial implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act—which will take place over the next two years—requires attention from those who advocate on behalf of students with disabilities. ESSA requires states to engage in "timely and meaningful consultation" with stakeholders in both the planning stage as well as implementation (See resources below).
Ensuring that students with disabilities are treated equitably under ESSA must be a top priority as this new law is implemented. The impact that ESSA will have on students with disabilities will depend in large part on the involvement and scrutiny advocates give to the development of their state accountability systems and state plans.
*** Find out what's happening in your state on ESSA planning: Understanding ESSA :: Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation :: National Down Syndrome Congress ***
The Advocacy Institute and the National Down Syndrome Congress have prepared the following analyses* and comments of several state draft ESSA consolidated plans. Analyses may be reprinted in whole or part with attribution.
*Please note: these analyses have been prepared over the past several months and do not necessarily reflect the significant changes made to ESSA through the repeal of the federal regulations governing Accountability, State Plans and Data Reporting which occurred on March 9, 2017. The changes are reflected in documents released by the US Dept. of Education on March 13, 2017.
STATES SCHEDULED TO SUBMIT PLANS TO USED ON APRIL 3, 2017:
Delaware 1st Draft :: Final Draft
STATES SCHEDULED TO SUBMIT TO USED ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2017:
Ohio (originally scheduled to submit in April, changed to Sept.)