Posted: Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:06pm Updated: Thu, 03/02/2017 - 4:12pm


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