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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 Draft Recommendations


Based on your input and that of the Committee of Practitioners, RIDE presents the first drafts of the recommendations to be made in Rhode Island's ESSA State Plan.

RIDE is now collecting your feedback on these recommendations so that your perspective can continue to inform our decision-making and our state plan can be responsive to your experience. The following surveys will be open from March 31 – May 15, 2017.

  1. Click here for the Accountability Feedback Survey: English / Español
  2. Click here for the Supporting Educators & Leaders Feedback Survey: English / Español
  3. Click here for the Supporting All Students Feedback Survey: English / Español
  4. Click here for the School Improvement Feedback Survey: English / Español

We thank you in advance for sharing and hope you will consider providing your feedback via survey and at our upcoming Community Feedback Forums.


NEW! Community Feedback Forums


Public engagement for transition to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) continues in late April and early May. RIDE will host six regional community forums to share updates and gather feedback on the draft recommendations for the state's ESSA plan.

Students, parents, teachers, community members, and community leaders across the state: You are invited to share your feedback to help inform the ESSA decision-making process.

We will hold six forums at locations across Rhode Island, all taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on these dates:

  • Greater Providence Area: Monday, April 24, at Cranston High School East, 899 Park Avenue, Cranston
    (Spanish language interpretation services are available)
  • Providence: Tuesday, April 25, at Providence Career & Technical Academy, 41 Fricker Street, Providence
    (Spanish language interpretation services are available)
  • Southern Rhode Island: Wednesday, April 26, at Narragansett High School, 245 S Pier Road, Narragansett
  • East Bay: Thursday, April 27, at Pell Elementary School, 35 Dexter Street, Newport
  • Northern Rhode Island: Monday, May 1, at Cumberland High School, 2600 Mendon Road, Cumberland
  • West Bay: Wednesday, May 3 at West Warwick High School, 1 Webster Knight Drive, West Warwick

The forums are open to everyone, but if you would like to reserve a spot at any of the forums:

register here

For more information about these community forums, please email ESSA@ride.ri.gov. To learn more about our community outreach efforts, please go here.

Click here for a shareable PDF flyer

For a black-and-white printer-friendly version, click here.

The slide presentation for these forums is available in English [PDF, 2MB] and Spanish [PDF, 2MB].