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State Board of Education Response to ESSA

The federal government recently enacted the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replacing the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Most of the provisions do not take effect until the 2017–18 school year.   

The 2016–17 school year will be a transition year.  During the interim, the State Board of Education (SBE) may seek a waiver of the provisions of the ESEA to allow LEAs that have Title I schools in Program Improvement (PI).  In addition, if needed, the SBE may seek to waive the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) provisions of the ESEA so that the state does not need to identify new schools for PI.    

Overall, the new law provides states authority on standards, assessments, and interventions while limiting the authority of the federal government; the ESSA eliminates the Highly Qualified Teacher (HQT) and AYP requirements.  States must develop and implement a single, statewide accountability system that measures academic achievement.  It is anticipated that the SBE will align the development of the state’s accountability and assessment system, including the Local Control and Accountability Plans with the ESSA.  We will continue to monitor information related to ESSA and the state's under-development accountability system.