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Your Cheat Sheet: How Early ESSA Plans Tackle School Grades, Tests, and More


Roughly a quarter of states have turned in their accountability plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act. Having trouble keeping track of all the ins and outs of each state's plan? We've got you covered.

So far, 12 states and the District of Columbia have informed the U.S. Department of Education about their long-term academic goals, the weight that various indicators will have in their proposed accountability systems, and how schools will be rated under ESSA. There's a lot of variety in those states' goals, indicators, and rating systems.

However, it's worth noting that the Education Department has already informed two states, Maine and Massachusetts, that the plans they submitted are incomplete. That's an early indication that the department might not be afraid to call states out about omissions or other issues in those plans. 

Without further ado, here's that handy ESSA plan chart in PDF form. Bookmark it, print it out, hang it on your wall—we hope it's useful. 

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