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Monday, April 03, 2017

States Submitting ESSA-Aligned Plans for Student Success

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (April 3, 2017) -- Many states are submitting plans aligned to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the April submission window, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the following statement.

"States are committed to delivering a high-quality education to every student in their state," said Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO.  

"The plans that states submit through the Every Student Succeeds Act are one part of each state's broader effort to ensure better outcomes for all kids. I am proud of these states for the hard work they have done to engage stakeholders and craft plans that include multiple measures of student achievement and strategies to improve schools for all children. These plans are the beginning of a process, and I look forward to how states will work with their stakeholders to successfully implement these plans."  

More than a dozen states are expected to submit to the U.S. Department of Education their plans aligned with ESSA in the April submission window. The remaining states will submit their state plans in the September submission window.  

States engaged with stakeholders of all kinds to develop the best plans for the kids in their state. The following are a few highlights in draft state plans.  

Connecticut's Next Generation Accountability System creates a more comprehensive, holistic picture of how students and schools are performing by focusing on a broader set of indicators.  

Delaware created a strong model for measuring language acquisition for English learner students.  

North Dakota brought together a committee of stakeholders from across the state to write its state ESSA plan, and will keep these stakeholders at the table over the next year to provide feedback throughout implementation.  


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.