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Posted: May, 31, 2017 - 11:36am

EVERY STUDENT SUCEEDS ACT (ESSA)

ISBE submitted the ESSA State Plan for Illinois to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on April 1, 2017.  On April 10, 2017, ED identified a section of the plan that it considered incomplete.  This section included measurements of interim progress for academic attainment, graduation rate, and English Learner proficiency.  In the plan submitted on April 1, 2017, ISBE stated that it intends to develop measurements of interim progress based on three-year baseline data and that this data is currently unavailable due to not having three years of data from which to determine a baseline for academic attainment, graduation rate, and English Learner proficiency. In order for the plan to be reviewed in May 2017, ISBE provided measurements of interim progress by using the 15-year time line recommended by stakeholders for academic attainment based upon 2016 PARCC data in grades 3-12; four-year, five-year, and six-year graduation rates; and English Learner proficiency on ACCESS.

The ESSA State Plan for Illinois that contains this information was submitted to ED on May 2, 2017.  In this updated version of the plan, ISBE states that the measures of interim progress for academic attainment, graduation rate, and English Learner proficiency will be revisited once three-year composite averages are available for the data. On May 4, 2017, ED verified that the ESSA State Plan for Illinois is complete and it will undergo peer review between May 22-24, 2017.

View the updated plan .  Should you have any questions, please send them to essa@isbe.net.
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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on Dec. 10, 2015.
This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years and ongoing efforts to improve educational opportunities for all students in Illinois.
The majority of the law does takes effect in 2017-18, with implementation occurring over the next year. ISBE staff reviewed the nuances of the 1,000-page law and engaged stakeholder involvement throughout this process.
On March 15, 2017, the Illinois State Board of Education adopted the ESSA State Plan for Illinois.  Below, is a link to a helpful PowerPoint presentation.

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/ESSA_Overview_4_17_2017.pdf

 

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