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Every Student Succeeds Act Approved in December 2015
The Every Student Succeeds Act is the latest reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act and was approved by the US Congress in December 2015. This law provides significant federal support for programs to serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade and replaces the No Child Left Behind law of 2002. North Carolina and all other states will operate under its current federal plan until the final rules are completed for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which is expected in the winter of 2016-17. State education leaders are developing the new North Carolina plan. (Note: Regulations, rules and US Department of Education timelines and protocols may impact the draft timeline and plan development.)
Many changes have taken place since the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) posted the Draft State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on December 22, 2016. Two important events have occurred since President Donald Trump’s appointment of Betsy DeVos as the Secretary of Education was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 7, 2017. First, on March 9, 2017, Congress approved a joint resolution repealing the USED’s regulations related to state plans and accountability systems under ESSA. (President Trump is expected to approve the joint resolution.) On March 13, 2017, Secretary DeVos sent a letter to the chief state school officers that included a new template for the state plans. The letter, which includes a link to the new template, is posted below.
Please check back on this website frequently for updated information and to review the new Draft State Plan for ESSA once it has been updated using the new template. We anticipate posting the new draft plan near the end of April or early May.
NEW!! Letter from Secretary DeVos on ESSA State Plans (March 13, 2017)
Letter from Secretary DeVos on ESSA State Plans (February 10, 2017)
NEW!! Draft State Plan for the ESSA (December 22, 2016)
Full text of the ESSA
Full text of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA
NEW!! The ESSA Updates to the State Board of Education (SBE).
Public Input Sought
Public input is being sought by NC Department of Public Instruction staff to help guide development of the state’s plan for complying with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Educators, parents, students and other stakeholders of North Carolina’s public schools are invited to provide feedback on the Let’s Talk section of the NCDPI website. Please select the “Every Student Succeeds Act” link near the bottom of the page to share your thoughts. These submitted comments are given the same weight as comments made at public comment sessions.
States are required to develop their own ESSA plan to comply with the federal law. The state plan will address issues of school accountability, student assessments, support for struggling schools and other elements.
Several public meetings were held around the state in the fall and the spring to solicit stakeholder feedback. Summaries of the public input sessions are provided below.
Summary of the Fall Comment Sessions
Summary of the Spring Comment Sessions