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ESSA in Colorado: A conversation on the implementation of the every student succeeds act

Colorado Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan to be submitted to feds for early window review

By Jessica Hollingshead, Executive Director Support, Federal Programs Unit
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 3:58pm

In February, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to do away with the Obama Administration’s proposed rules regarding ESSA accountability, reporting, and state plans. On March 10, the U.S. Senate also voted to repeal the proposed rules.  On Monday, March 24, President Trump signed the order and finalized the repeal process. As a result of the repeal, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) issued new requirements and guidance for state plan development. You can find that guidance and other resources on the USDE’s ESSA state plan guidance page.

As a result of the regulations repeal and subsequent guidance from USDE, CDE has been notified by the USDE that a state that wants to be considered in the early review window will no longer need to submit its plan by April 3rd. Instead, states will have up until May 3rd to secure the required signatures and submit their ESSA state plan. CDE will request the permission of the State Board of Education to submit Colorado's state plan at its April meeting.  If the State Board approves submission, CDE will collect the signature of the State Board Chair and the Governor and submit the plan prior to May 3rd.

Visit CDE's main ESSA webpage for the latest news and guidance.