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State seeks public input on ESSA plan via online surveys

A second round of online surveys is now open to inform the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan.


The surveys – which cover the topics of school support and improvement, long term goals and measurements of long term progress, and measures of school success and public reporting – are available here.


The Delaware Department of Education also is hosting a series of community conversations across the state to collect input. A session was held last evening in Wilmington. The next session is Monday in Lewes followed by sessions in Seaford, Dover and Newark. Two additional sessions targeted for Spanish-speaking community members are planned for Wilmington and Georgetown. Find details and registration links for all of the remaining session below.



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 informed the first draft of the state’s plan, which was released on Oct. 31 on the state’s ESSA web site.  The second round of community conversations will allow department leaders to receive feedback on the draft. The second round of online surveys also will inform the next draft of the plan.




Remaining community conversations:


·         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



Spanish sessions:


·         6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, December 14, North Georgetown Elementary School, 664 N. Bedford St., Georgetown

·         6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 20, Latin American Community Center, 403 N. Van Buren St., Wilmington


En colaboración con el centro de la comunidad de América Latina y el distrito escolar de río indio, el Departamento de Educación de Delaware será el anfitrión de dos conversaciones bilingues de la comunidad. Por favor, encontrar la fecha, la ubicación y la información de registro a continuación:


14 de diciembre de 2016: 6:00 p, Georgetown
¡Regístrate aquí!


20 de diciembre de 2016: 6:00 p, Wilmington
¡Regístrate aquí!



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 are convening. 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.


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