General Draft Timeline
On December 1, 2016, the North Carolina State Board of Education (SBE) voted unanimously to submit the Consolidated State Plan by the September 18, 2017, submission date. Therefore, the timeline below reflects the extended timeline for development of the plan.

January–June 2017
  • Conduct additional simulations of accountability model and finalize certain decisions
  • Continue receiving feedback and input on draft plan
  • Post new versions of draft plan when available. New template issued by the USED in March. New draft plan posted May 1 using new template.
  • Present to General Assembly Education Committee(s) and meet with legislators and staff
  • Monthly updates to the SBE

Mid-to-Late June


  • Post draft plan for 30-day public comment period

Mid-to-Late July


  • Review public comments and make appropriate changes to plan
  • Submit draft plan to Governor’s office for 30-day review period
July and August SBE Meetings
  • Discuss draft state plan with SBE
  • Incorporate details in plan that result from actions of the NC General Assembly
September 7, 2017    SBE Meeting
  • SBE approves the NC ESSA Plan
September 18, 2017
  • Submit state plan to the U.S. Department of Education

Letter from Governor Cooper to the SBE Chairman and State Superintendent (August 18, 2017)
(pdf, 84kb)

Letter from SBE Chairman Bill Cobey to Governor Cooper (August 23, 2017)
(pdf, 146kb)

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

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


External Stakeholders
(pdf, 234kb)