Posted: Thu, 06/23/2016 - 2:06pm Updated: Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:16am

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. At this time, the Department anticipates providing a draft plan for statewide stakeholder review by January 2017. The plan development timeline and process are subject to change as additional federal guidance is made available. A visual for this development process can be found here.

Opportunities for Statewide Input for the Indiana Plan

During the development of the state plan there will be multiple opportunities for stakeholder engagement and input. These opportunities began on June 27th with an ESSA event for all local Superintendents. This event provided overview of ESSA and went into more details on the components of Assessment, Accountability, and Federal Funds. The video of the presentation and materials can be found below.

Presenter PowerPoints

Further, the Indiana General Assembly in the 2015/2016 session created an assessment panel. The panel is charged with providing a recommendation to the Governor and Indiana General Assembly on Indiana Assessment System no later than December 1, 2016.

The Department will be considering that recommendation as the ESSA plan is developed. Input to the Assessment Panel can be made through sending thoughts to the Assessment Panel Chair via the Indiana Legislative Services Agency.

Ongoing ESSA Plan Input Opportunity

FeedbackPlease use this button to provide ESSA plan recommendations to the Indiana Department of Education throughout the entire process. A side by side document, created in partnership with the REL Midwest Comprehensive Center summarizes major elements of the required plan components and links to ESSA law, and previous Indiana ESEA plan and Indiana Title 20 can be used as a resource as you consider your input.

Input received from all engagement opportunities will be captured and considered as the Department of Education drafts the Indiana ESSA plan. The draft plan will be published for additional public review and comment no later than January 2017.

ESSA Listening Tour

The Indiana Department of Education is planning the following opportunities for Indiana ESSA plan input at upcoming regional events Each event will encompass dedicated time in a community forum approach to discuss deeply School Improvement and dedicated time to discuss other ESSA components.

Date & Time Locations Facility
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own electronic device, such as an iPad, to provide immediate written feedback to the IDOE.
4:30 p. m. - 6:30 p.m.
Indianapolis Decatur Central High School
5251 Kentucky Avenue
Indianapolis, 46221
Please enter the building through Door 12 – Auditorium.
5:00 p. m. - 7:00 p.m.
Fort Wayne Wayne High School
9100 Winchester Road
Fort Wayne, 46819
4:30 p. m. - 6:30 p.m.
Evansville University of Evansville
School of Business, Room 170 (SB 170)
1800 Lincoln Ave., Evansville, IN 47714
4:30 p. m. - 6:30 p.m.
Portage Portage High School
6450 US Hwy 6
Portage, IN 46368
4:30 p. m. - 6:30 p.m.
Richmond McGuire Hall
350 Hub Etchison Pkwy
Richmond, IN 47374
4:30 p. m. - 6:30 p.m.
New Albany Education Support Center
2813 Grant Line Road
New Albany, IN 47150
4:30 p. m. - 6:30 p.m.
South Bend Monroe Primary
312 Donmoyer Avenue
South Bend, IN 46614
4:30 p. m. - 6:30 p.m.
Terre Haute West Vigo Elementary
501 W. Olive Street
Terre Haute, IN 47885
4:30 p. m. - 6:30 p.m.
Kokomo Taylor High School
3794 E CR 300 S
Kokomo, IN 46902

The Fort Wayne listening tour session will take place from 5:00-7:00 p.m. - All of the others will be from 4:30- 6:30 p.m., local time

Resources for Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

To learn more about ESSA, the Department will provide weekly updates regarding ESSA in the DOE Dialogue and has provided below materials from USED and education partner organizations. We have organized the resources by the required state plan components of Standards, Assessments, Accountability, School Support and Improvement.


Standards and Assessments


School Support and Improvement

U.S. Department of Education Resources

June 27th CCSSO/IDOE ESSA Convening