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State releases draft ESSA plan components


The Delaware Department of Education is sharing draft components of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan for public feedback. The drafts released Monday follow the guidance the state has received from the U.S. Department of Education to date and are informed by the input the department received from community members and other education stakeholders at a series of community conversations and discussion groups and through online surveys this fall.


“Our collective work is far from over. Many decisions and much work remain,” Secretary of Education Steve Godowsky said. “While we still are waiting for federal guidance to inform some sections, for others, we recognize we need more community discussions before determining the best path forward for our state.”


The final plan will be submitted in March 2017.


The public has several opportunities to share feedback and ideas in the coming months. The department will host a second series of community conversations across the state in November and December. More online surveys also will be posted later this fall. Two ESSA Discussion Groups also continue to meet as does the Governor’s ESSA Advisory Committee. Information about all of these opportunities is available on the state’s ESSA web site,  Feedback and questions also can be sent to


“We have appreciated the strong interest and thoughtful input we have received from families, educators, community leaders, policy makers and other stakeholders across Delaware,” Godowsky said. “That continued input, support and collaboration is essential as we continue to develop our state plan. Together we can provide our students education and related services they need to be well prepared for success in college, career and in life.”

Alison May
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