Monday, June 27, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550
hart@doe.in.gov

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz hosted a statewide summit on the Every Student Succeeds Act to prepare schools for the implementation of the federal education law. The summit is a key part of the Indiana Department of Education’s stakeholder engagement initiative under the Every Student Succeeds Act. With more than 250 school leaders in attendance, the summit featured expert presentations on assessments, accountability, and federal funding from the Council of Chief State School Officers.

“After more than 15 years, Indiana has the opportunity to move beyond No Child Left Behind and develop our own plan to best meet the educational needs of Hoosier students,” said Glenda Ritz, Indiana’s Superintendent of Public Instruction. “Today’s summit is an important first step in developing this plan, and creating a strong education plan that takes full advantage of federal flexibility.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law in 2015, and reauthorizes the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which was previously reauthorized under No Child Left Behind. Under these new federal regulations, every state is required to draft a state education plan to meet the new requirements.

The Indiana Department of Education, in collaboration with a statewide network of educators and partners, will draft a plan describing how Indiana will meet these requirements. As part of the development of this plan, the Department will host a statewide listening tour to allow community members to provide input on the plan.

Additional information about the Every Study Succeeds Act, including materials from today’s summit as well as a stakeholder input tool, can be found on the Department’s website. Video from the summit will be posted later in the week.