INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) will host the first of ten meetings on Indiana’s plan to fulfill the new federal education requirements, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in Evansville, on March 16, 2017. The meetings will run through the spring of 2017, and include nine meetings at locations across the state, and one online e-meeting for those who cannot attend in person.
ESSA was signed into law in December 2015 as the update to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. ESSA replaces the previous update to the law, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). While ESSA mirrors NCLB in that it ESSA holds states accountable for high standards, maintains state accountability systems, contains annual tests in grades 3-8 and in high school, and sustains support for struggling schools and development of teachers, ESSA also provides for more state input and direction. Through ESSA, states can determine how they want to reach each of these policy goals, and have more local control in crafting their approach.
For this reason, IDOE will be traveling across Indiana, soliciting input from educators, administrators, parents, community members, and local leaders. Each meeting will begin with a brief overview of ESSA, followed by small group discussions involving attendees and IDOE staff. The input and recommendations gathered will then be compiled into a community meeting report and will help drive IDOE’s response to meeting ESSA requirements.
For information regarding all meeting dates, times, and locations of ESSA meetings, or to RSVP, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/essa/essa-community-meetings, or contact IDOE Director of Policy, Patrick McAlister at PMcalister@doe.in.gov, or (317) 234-5704. To learn more about ESSA, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/essa.