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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a new federal education law (replacing No Child Left Behind) that provides states with a great deal of flexibility in a number of key areas, including academic standards, accountability, support for school improvement, student and educator support, and use of federal education funds.

The law gives an opportunity for us to further develop our work and our resourcing plan for Rhode Island's Strategic Plan for PK-12 Education, completed in 2015, using ESSA as a lever to achieve our state-developed vision.  The U.S. Department of Education has asked all states to submit a plan for transition to ESSA, and our goal at the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) is to complete our plan and submit it by September 2017. Over the course of the 2016-2017 school year, RIDE will be engaging with the greater education community with critical questions surrounding our state plan through multiple channels.


NEW! ESSA State Plan Posted for Public Comment


Thank you to all for your input and feedback on the draft recommendations. The Draft ESSA State Plan is now available for public comment from June 1 - June 30.

Each section is posted below, many with a corresponding feedback survey. The link to each section's feedback survey is also included at the start of each section's PDF document.

Read the Companion Guide to the Rhode Island ESSA State Plan

Read the full Rhode Island ESSA State Plan

If you have any questions, or would like to submit further comments as part of the public record, please email ESSA@ride.ri.gov.