Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan Development Regional Meetings – Oct. 25, 2016

Meeting Agenda & Background (scroll down for a photo gallery of this event)

 Review and Provide Feedback on 36 High Concept Ideas

  • Challenging Academic Standards and Assessments
  • Accountability Measurements and Methodologies
  • Supporting Excellent Educators
  • Supporting English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners
  • Supporting All Students
  • Supports and Improvement for Schools

Background Information

  • Over the past two months, the Department has worked with the ESSA Think Tank to answer several essential questions related to development of the state’s ESSA plan.
  • In response to the essential questions and in many cases guided by the discussion within the Think Tank, the Department has drafted a list of high concept ideas for proposed inclusion in the New York State ESSA plan.
  • Over the next two months, the Department will request feedback on these high concept ideas from the Think Tank, the Title I Committee of Practitioners, and through Regional State Plan Development Meetings held across the state. The Department will then seek Board of Regents approval to use the high concept ideas as the basis for New York’s ESSA plan.
  • The Department plans to continue development of additional high concept ideas and plans to continue to request feedback from the Think Tank.

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson, who believed that “full educational opportunity” should be “our first national goal.” From its inception, ESEA was a civil rights law.

  • The ESEA was last reauthorized in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind Act.
  • A Joint House-Senate Conference Committee reported out the “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA) to both houses on November 30, 2015.
  • December 2, 2015: The ESSA was passed by the US House of Representatives.
  • December 9, 2015: The ESSA was passed by the US Senate.
  • December 10, 2015: President Obama signed the bill into law.
  • December 2015 and January 2016: United State Department of Education (USDE) issued “Dear Colleague” letters.
  • February and May 2016: USDE issued ESSA Transition FAQ.
  • March and April 2016: USDE conducted negotiated rulemaking sessions on supplement not supplant, standards and assessments.
  • May 2016: USDE issued draft rulemaking on accountability, data reporting and state applications.
  • July 2015: USDE issue draft rulemaking on assessments.
  • August 2016: USDE released proposed regulations to implement the requirement in Title of ESEA that federal funds must supplement, and may not supplant, state and local funds.