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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a new federal education law (replacing No Child Left Behind) that provides states with a great deal of flexibility in a number of key areas, including academic standards, accountability, support for school improvement, student and educator support, and use of federal education funds.

The law gives an opportunity for us to further develop our work and our resourcing plan for Rhode Island's Strategic Plan for PK-12 Education, completed in 2015, using ESSA as a lever to achieve our state-developed vision.  The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has asked all states to submit a plan for transition to ESSA, and our goal at the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) is to complete our plan and submit it by September 2017. Over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, RIDE will be engaging with the greater education community with critical questions surrounding our state plan through multiple channels.


NEW! ESSA State Plan Submission to USED


Thank you to all for your feedback on the draft ESSA State Plan. Governor Raimondo signed the plan on September 13, 2017, indicating her support. We have submitted our plan to USED, which has until January 18, 2018 to provide feedback.