Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced a statewide listening tour to gather input from families, educators, community members and other stakeholders on the state’s education plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act.  This new federal law, also called ESSA, requires state education agencies to develop a plan to be submitted to the United States Department of Education in 2017.  The first stop of the statewide Every Student Succeeds Act Listening Tour is in Indianapolis on the evening of September 14.  The Indiana Department of Education has scheduled a total of nine meetings throughout the state.

“Input from families, educators and community members is essential to ensuring that Indiana’s ESSA Plan is comprehensive and responsive to local needs,” said Ritz.  “After years of asking the federal government to get rid of the punitive No Child Left Behind law, we finally have flexibility to create an Indiana education plan that meets the unique needs of our students.  That is why I am excited about the work we are doing to develop the Indiana ESSA Plan alongside Hoosier communities.” 

The Every Student Succeeds Act Listening Tour will include presentations from Department experts on both state and federal regulations in the areas of accountability, assessment and school improvement.  Additionally, the Department will gather direct input from families, educators and community members through both targeted questions and general public comment. 

In addition to the statewide listening tour, the Department has formed several stakeholder advisory committees to gather input on its state ESSA plan as is required by the federal legislation.  The Department also created a comprehensive ESSA website which includes an online comment portal for those unable to attend an in-person meeting. 

The dates and locations of the nine meetings are listed below.  All times are local. 

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

Additional information on the Every Student Succeeds Act, including details for each of the ESSA Listening Tour locations, is available on the Department’s website.