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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. On February 10, CDE released a draft state plan for public review and comment. Also in February, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to do away with the Obama Administration’s proposed rules regarding ESSA accountability, reporting, and state plans. On March 10, the U.S. Senate also voted to repeal those rules. As a result of the repeal, the U. S. Department of Education revised the ESSA State Plan template. The new state plan template removes some plan requirements, adds some plan requirements, and changes the formatting of the plan requirements. 

In addition to the new template, Education Secretary DeVos announced new guidance for states on submitting their ESSA plans, The new USDE state plan guidance provides states with the option of submitting state plans using the new template or using the old state plan template along with a crosswalk to the new state plan requirements. CDE and the State Board of Education plan to move forward in finalizing and submitting Colorado’s plan that was posted on February 10 and is being revised based on the comments from Colorado stakeholders.


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