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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.

Open for Public Comment: 2020-21 ESSA Accountability Waiver


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) waived certain assessment, accountability, and school identification requirements for all states for the 2019-20 school year.

USED is now encouraging states to waive 2020-21 federal accountability implications through the template below. This means that all identifications for comprehensive (CSI), targeted (TSI), and additional targeted (ATSI) support and improvement would be maintained from Fall 2019. It also allows the state to not publish accountability data as usual, while requiring the state to publish data on chronic absenteeism and access to technology.

State assessments (RICAS, DLM, SAT, PSAT and NGSA) are still required by USED and RIDE remains committed to collecting and publishing achievement data. Achievement data are especially important now to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student learning. RIDE is currently analyzing ways to best support schools and LEAs through accountability data and will adjust as the state has more information on the state assessments and other data collections. 

Public comment on the ESSA Accountability Waiver may be submitted by email to ESSA@ride.ri.gov through May 21st, 2021. RIDE intends to submit this waiver in place of the addendum previously posted for public comment.

2020-21 ESSA Accountability Waiver - Posted April 19th, 2021

    USED Approves RI's ESSA State Plan

The USED submitted feedback on Rhode Island's ESSA state plan earlier this year. RIDE responded to the feedback requests and has updated our final plan, which we resubmitted and was approved on March 29, 2018 by the USED.

ESSA State Plan Submission to USED

Thank you to all for your feedback on the draft ESSA State Plan. Governor Raimondo signed the plan on September 13, 2017, indicating her support. We have submitted our plan to USED, which has until January 18, 2018 to provide feedback.