EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA)

CONTACT :: Lou Fabrizio and Donna Brown

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Every Student Succeeds Act Approved in December 2015
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and was approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law in December 2015. ESSA reauthorizes the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

NEW! U.S. Department of Education Responds to NC’s ESSA Plan (Dec. 14, 2017)
The U.S. Department of Education is requesting additional or clarifying information as part of the approval process for North Carolina’s plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act, which the state submitted Sept. 18, 2017. The response from the federal department identifies several areas that it says need to be addressed for the plan to meet all statutory and regulatory requirements. The Department of Public Instruction may request an extension of a Dec. 28 deadline for submitting its revisions.

Read the response letter (pdf, 283kb) from the U.S. Department of Education for the specific items in the state’s plan requiring additional information or revision.

Also included with the response are peer-review feedback on the technical, educational and overall quality of the state plan:


State Plan for the ESSA (submitted on Sept. 18, 2017)
(pdf, 6.5mb)

Theory of Action
(pdf, 319kb)


Full text of the ESSA
(pdf, 970kb)


Full text of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA
(pdf, 1mb)