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State updates ESSA plan to reflect federal changes, public feedback

The Delaware Department of Education (DDOE) today released updates to the final draft of its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan, reflecting changes to guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education, public feedback and feedback received from the Governor’s Office.
 
The updates are color coded in the online documents so the public more easily can note the changes.
 
The Governor’s ESSA Advisory Committee will discuss the updated draft at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Tatnall Building in Dover. Public comment will be taken at the meeting and also can be submitted via email to ESSAStatePlan@doe.k12.de.us through Thursday.
 
DDOE has been soliciting public comment on the final draft of the plan since its release on Feb. 28. The final draft included feedback from two previous drafts during months of public input, including from two rounds of community conversations across the state, discuss groups, the Governor’s ESSA Advisory Committee, stakeholder meetings and online surveys. 
 
The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new template for state ESSA plans that included three additional questions. The updates released today reflect Delaware’s responses to those questions.  The updates also reflect significant feedback received on how Delaware will report publicly on school and district accountability under ESSA.
 
DDOE will submit Delaware’s plan to the U.S. Department of Education on Monday.
Alison May
alison.may@doe.k12.de.us
(302) 735-4006