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Second round of community conversations will collect ESSA plan feedback

The Delaware Department of Education will host a second round of community conversations in November and December to collect public input on the first draft of the state’s plan under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


In December 2015, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the main federal law governing public education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  As part of NCLB, Delaware is one of the 43 states operating under ESEA Flexibility.


ESSA gives states more flexibility and provides more state and local control over the accountability process. ESSA implementation will begin during the 2017-18 school year. The 2016-17 school year provides the opportunity to consult with stakeholders, develop Delaware’s plan, and submit the plan to the U.S. Department of Education for approval.


A first round of community conversations and a series of online surveys in September provided public input that is informing the first draft of the state’s plan, which will be released on Oct. 31. It will be posted online on the state’s ESSA web site.  The second round of community conversations will allow department leaders to receive feedback on the draft. Additional online surveys also will be posted later this fall.


Information on the second-round sessions and corresponding registration links are below:


·         6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, Community Education Building, 1200 North French Street, Wilmington

·         6 to 8 p.m., Monday, November 21, Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway, Lewes

·         6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 29, Seaford High School, 399 North Market Street, Seaford

·         6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 1, John Collette Education Resource Center, 35 Commerce Way, Suite 1, Dover

·         6 to 8 p.m., Thursday December 8, Newark Charter School, 200 McIntire Drive, Newark


In addition to the larger community conversations, department leaders are continuing to collect input through a series of stakeholder consultation meetings. A Governor’s advisory committee and discussion groups on the major aspects of the plan also will be convened in the coming months. One discussion group is focusing on technical topics related to measures of school success and reporting. The second group is focusing on provisions for student and school supports. The discussion groups provide information to the advisory group.


Following the second round of conversations, the department will release a second draft of the plan by December 31. Additional comments will be taken through February. The state will submit its plan to the U.S. Department of Education for approval by March 6.


Feedback also can be submitted to


Find more information on the department’s ESSA web site (

Alison May
(302) 735-4006