Posted: Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:06pm Updated: Tue, 08/15/2017 - 4:07pm
Click here to read the ESSA plan that was submitted to Governor Holcomb.

Indiana ESSA Plan – First Draft

Directions: We encourage you to read individual sections of the ESSA draft in the first column, and then click on the corresponding section survey to respond to the section draft.

ESSA Sections ESSA Section Surveys (CLOSED)
1 - Long Term Goals 1 - Long Term Goals Survey
2 - Consultation 2 - Consultation Survey
3 - Assessments 3 - Assessments Survey
4 - Accountability and School Improvement 4 - Accountability and School Improvement Survey
5 - Supporting Excellent Educators 5 - Supporting Excellent Educators Survey
6 - Supporting All Students 6 - Supporting All Students Survey
  • Click here for the full Indiana ESSA Consolidated Plan draft.
  • Click here to read a summary of the findings from our community meetings.



The Department of Education has recorded an informational webinar which is available on the IDOE website, titled Equitable Service to Non-Public Schools and an Overview of Changes in the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. This webinar goes into detail about the IDOE's plan for ESSA, as well as changes with ESSA, with specific respect to non-public schools. 

Both public and non-public schools will learn more about their rights and responsibilities with the new law and will understand the role of IDOE in this process. At the end of the presentation, please be sure to fill out the questionnaire as we will be posting FAQ's as part of the ongoing ESSA discussion. 

What is Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. It reauthorizes the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was previously reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The Indiana Department of Education is currently in the process of determining how the requirements of ESSA will translate into state education practice: which state practices will evolve as a result of ESSA, and which will remain the same. As a part of this work, the state remains committed to its mission of building an education system of equity and high quality that is focused on student-centered accountability.

Required State Plan Components

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires all participating states to submit a state plan for review by the United State Department of Education. The state ESSA plan must include details regarding the following required components:

  • Challenging State Academic Standards
  • Academic Assessments
  • Statewide Accountability Systems
  • School Support and Improvement Activities

The Indiana Plan Development Process

The Indiana Department of Education, in collaboration with a statewide network of educators and partners, will draft a plan describing how Indiana will meet the requirements of ESSA. Indiana has chosen to submit its ESSA plan to the U.S. Department of Education on September 18, 2017. In the coming weeks, the Department will release dates and times of our community meetings throughout the state. If you have any questions, please email Patrick McAlister at