Colorado's ESSA State Plan Development
In December of 2015, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law. The title of the reauthorized legislation, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The passage of ESSA provides a much anticipated opportunity to improve outcomes for all students.You can read the Every Student Succeeds Act here.
After embarking upon an initial statewide, ESSA listening tour in the spring of 2016, the Colorado Department of Education shifted its focus to developing a draft of our ESSA state plan and the committee, reviewing, and continued stakeholder engagement work that will support it. Click here for more information on the continuing work of developing Colorado's ESSA State Plan, including information on the Hub and Spoke committees, committee meeting dates, and state plan draft materials.
- Submit Feedback on Colorado's ESSA State Plan Draft
- Click here to view the ESSA Hub Committee webpage.
Spoke Committee Webpages
What's New in ESSA
Submit Feedback on Colorado's ESSA State Plan Draft
Recent Guidance and Regulations from the U.S. Department of Education
- Federal Register Notice of Delayed Effective Date for Accountability and State Plan regulations (January 30, 2017)
ESSA Listening Tour Report
- For updates on this work and to be notified of future opportunities for involvement, please subscribe to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) E-Newsletter - "ESSA in Colorado"
ESSA in Colorado Blog
Educators, district leaders, policymakers and others who are passionate about increasing educational achievement for all students are invited to participate in a conversation about the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act. To participate in this conversation, please visit the ESSA in Colorado blog.
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ESSA State Plan Development and Implementation Timeline
On Monday, January 30, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) published a notice in the Federal Register delaying the effective date of the Accountability and State Plan regulations until March 21, 2017. The delayed effective date is in response to a government-wide delay to provide the Administration time to review the regulations for questions of law or policy the regulations may raise. On February 7, the House of Representatives voted to do away with the Obama Administration’s proposed rules regarding ESSA accountability, reporting, and state plans. (Visit the USDE's ESSA resources page for more information on guidance and regulations.)
In an email to Chief State School Officers on February 10, Secretary DeVos clarified that USDOE would still accept state ESSA plan on April 3 and September 18, but that USDOE will review the existing state plan submission template to ensure that they require only descriptions, information, assurances, and other materials that are “absolutely necessary” for consideration of a consolidated State plan.
For now, CDE and the ESSA committees will continue drafting Colorado’s plan based on what is in statute and what is good for Colorado with a goal of submitting the state plan in April.
- ESEA programs as authorized under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) will remain in effect for the 2016-2017 school year.
- With a few notable exceptions as outlined in the USDE Dear Colleague Letter on January 28, 2016 (PDF)
- 2016-2017 funding will be allocated under NCLB rules.
- The provisions of ESSA take effect for the 2017-2018 school year.
- View the USDE FAQ on Transitioning to ESSA (Updated January 18, 2017) (PDF)
- View proposed regulations for ESSA and collected comments from CDE
ESSA Blog Topics
- Brief ESSA Overview
- CDE Introduces ESSA in Colorado E-Newsletter
- Education Technology and ESSA
- ESSA Discontinued Programs
- ESSA and Schoolwide Programs
- Live stream the ESSA Hub Committee Meetings
- Highly Qualified Teachers
ESSA News at CDE
- ESSA E-newsletter archive
- Update on ESSA State Plan Development (PDF) (August 19, 2016)
- CDE submitted comments on ESSA accountability and state plan proposed rules (PDF) (August 1, 2016)
- Letter response sent to Secretary King on ESSA accountability and state plan proposed rules (PDF) (July 27, 2016)
- ESSA Committee Work and State Plan Development Memo - July 2016 (PDF)
- News Release - Interim Commissioner of Education Elliott Asp statement on Every Student Succeeds Act
- NCLB to ESSA Transition Update (PDF)
USDE Guidance and Regulatory Information
- Accountability Under Title I, Part A of the ESEA: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (January 2017)
- ESSA Accountability for English Learners under the ESEA: Non-Regulatory Guidance (PDF) (January 2017)
- ESSA Consolidated State Plan Guidance (PDF) (January 2017)
- ESSA State and Local Report Cards Non-Regulatory Guidance (PDF) (January 2017)
- ESSA High School Graduation Rate Non-Regulatory Guidance (PDF) (January 2017)
- Final Regulations for Assessments Title I, Part A and Title I, Part B (PDF) (December, 2016)
- Final Regulations for ESSA Accountability, Data Reporting, and State Plans (PDF) (November, 2016)
- ESSA Consolidated State Plan Template (Word)
- ESSA State Plan Assurances Template (Word)
- Fiscal Changes and Equitable Services Requirements (PDF) (November, 2016)
- Title IV, Part A Guidance from USDE (PDF) (October, 2016)
- Early Learning Guidance from USDE (PDF) (October, 2016)
- Title II Guidance from USDE (PDF) (September, 2016)
- Title III Guidance from USDE (PDF) (September, 2016)
- Evidence Guidance from USDE (PDF) (September, 2016)
- ESSA Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) (January, 2017)
- ESSA Dear Colleague Letter (January 28, 2016) (PDF)
- ESSA Dear Colleague Letter (December 18, 2016) (PDF)
- Read more on ESSA
You can e-mail your questions and comments to ESSAquestions@cde.state.co.us.