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U.S. Department of Education Outlines Guidance for Submitting Amendments to State ESSA Plans

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Author(s): Maria Worthen, Natalie Truong

Issue(s): Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA

Last week, the U.S. Department of Education released guidance outlining how states can amend their state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA State Plan amendment process offers an opportunity for continuous improvement of state education systems, toward greater coherence.

According to the guidelines, a state wishing to make an amendment will need to:

  • Seek approval from the Governor on the amendment;
  • Include stakeholder feedback, such as public comments, regarding the proposed changes;
  • Provide the Department the approved consolidated state plan redlining the proposed changes; and,
  • Provide the Department with a cover letter detailing the proposed changes.

In addition to these requirements, states will need to provide a description to the Department detailing how the public was consulted regarding the proposed changes.

The Department requests that any amendments that could have an impact on school accountability determinations for the 2019-2020 school year be submitted by March 1, 2019.

Next Steps

iNACOL has several resources and recommendations on how states can transform education systems with the opportunities that ESSA provides.

States can use this opportunity for amending state plans to:

Learn More:
For more information, please contact:

Susan Patrick
President & CEO, iNACOL
[email protected]

Maria Worthen
Vice President for Federal and State Policy, iNACOL
[email protected]

Natalie Truong
Policy Director, iNACOL
[email protected]