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Colorado's ESSA State Plan 

In December of 2015, the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was signed into law. The title of the reauthorized legislation, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The passage of ESSA provides a much anticipated opportunity to improve outcomes for all students. You can read the Every Student Succeeds Act here.

After embarking upon an initial statewide, ESSA listening tour in the spring of 2016, the Colorado Department of Education shifted its focus to developing a draft of our ESSA state plan and the committee, reviewing, and continued stakeholder engagement work that will support it. On February 10, CDE released a draft state plan for public review and comment.  As a result of the repeal of ESSA accountability, reporting, and state plan regulations, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) issue new requirements and guidance for state plan development. The new USDE state plan guidance provides states with the option of submitting state plans using the revised the ESSA State Plan template or using the old state plan template along with a crosswalk to the new state plan requirements.

CDE has been notified by the USDE that a state that wants to be considered in the early review window will no longer need to submit its plan by April 3rd. Instead, states will have up until May 3 to secure the required signatures and submit their ESSA plan. At its April meeting, the Colorado State Board of Education voted to approve submission of Colorado's state plan to the USDE. CDE plans to collect the signature of the State Board Chair and the Governor and submit the plan prior to May 3. 


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