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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 State Plan Addendum

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. Given the effects of these waivers and continued implications of COVID-19, USED created a streamlined COVID-19 State Plan Addendum template for states to apply for one-year changes to their statewide accountability systems in fall 2021, based on the 2020-21 school year.
Rhode Island intends to seek an addendum to the state’s ESSA State Plan for the 2020-21 school year, as linked below. Public comment on the addendum may be submitted by email to ESSA@ride.ri.gov and will be accepted through Wednesday, January 27th.

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.