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. State education leaders are developing the new North Carolina Consolidated State Plan. 


NEW!! Fifth Draft State Plan for the ESSA
The NCDPI staff are pleased to inform you that the fifth draft of the Consolidated State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is available at the link below and includes additional information based on the 30-day public comment period that ended July 27, 2017. This document serves as a draft of the state's application for funds authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as reauthorized under ESSA in accordance with the requirements of the template issued by the U.S. Department of Education. This draft has been provided to the Governor’s Office for review as required under the ESSA. This draft will be discussed at the State Board of Education on August 2, 2017, and will be presented for approval by the Board at its meeting on September 7, 2017. North Carolina will be submitting its Consolidated State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education by the September 18th deadline.


NEW!! Fifth Draft State Plan for the ESSA (July 28, 2017)
(pdf, 4.4mb)


Letter from Secretary DeVos on ESSA State Plans (March 13, 2017)
(pdf, 161kb)

Letter from Secretary DeVos on ESSA State Plans (February 10, 2017)

Full text of the ESSA
(pdf, 970kb)

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

The ESSA Updates to the State Board of Education (SBE).
(pdf, 235kb)


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 comments on the draft plan via email to Lou Fabrizio at lou.fabrizio@dpi.nc.gov or Donna Brown at donna.brown@dpi.nc.gov. 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
(pdf, 66kb)


Summary of the Spring Comment Sessions
(pdf, 412kb)