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Seventeen State ESSA Plans Now Complete and Ready for Review


Seventeen state plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act have passed the U.S. Department of Education's initial completeness check and are ready for peer review, the next step in the approval process, the department announced Friday.

"Today's announcement is a big win for ESSA implementation. I am committed to returning decisionmaking power back to states and setting the department up to serve the support and monitoring roles intended by Congress," U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a statement. "The department worked with states to ensure their plans included all statutorily required components laid out in the department's revised template. I commend officials from these states for their efforts to ensure their plans were ready for the peer-review process, and for their continued work to improve education for all students."

This wasn't always the case.Some states, including Maine and Massachusetts, had initially turned in plans with some information yet-to-be-determined. Both states were waiting for baseline test information from new assessments before setting an overall student achievement goal. And, as recently as earlier this week, the department's website showed that just four plans were complete.

So which ESSA plans have been submitted and are ready for examination?

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • North Dakota
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont

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