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Colorado's ESSA State Plan Development

In December of 2015, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law. The title of the reauthorized legislation, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The passage of ESSA provides a much anticipated opportunity to improve outcomes for all students.You can read the Every Student Succeeds Act here.

After embarking upon an initial statewide, ESSA listening tour in the spring of 2016, the Colorado Department of Education shifted its focus to developing a draft of our ESSA state plan and the committee, reviewing, and continued stakeholder engagement work that will support it. Click here for more information on the continuing work of developing Colorado's ESSA State Plan, including information on the Hub and Spoke committees, committee meeting dates, and state plan draft materials.


ESSA State Plan Development Timeline


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ESSA State Plan Development and Implementation Timeline

On Monday, January 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) published a notice in the Federal Register delaying the effective date of the Accountability and State Plan regulations until March 21, 2017.  The delayed effective date is in response to a government-wide delay to provide the Administration time to review the regulations for questions of law or policy the regulations may raise. On February 7, the House of Representatives voted to do away with the Obama Administration’s proposed rules regarding ESSA accountability, reporting, and state plans. (Visit the USDE's ESSA resources page for more information on guidance and regulations.)

In an email to Chief State School Officers on February 10, Secretary DeVos clarified that USDOE would still accept state ESSA plan on April 3 and September 18, but that USDOE will review the existing state plan submission template to ensure that they require only descriptions, information, assurances, and other materials that are “absolutely necessary” for consideration of a consolidated State plan.  

For now, CDE and the ESSA committees will continue drafting Colorado’s plan based on what is in statute and what is good for Colorado with a goal of submitting the state plan in April.



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