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State releases updated ESSA plan draft

The Delaware Department of Education is sharing its next draft of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act plan for public feedback. The updated document reflects the input the department received from community members and other education stakeholders at a series of community conversations and through discussion groups, the Governor’s ESSA Advisory Committee, online surveys and submitted written comments.


“Educators, parents, and other community members across the state devoted significant time and thought over the past few months to help us shape our plan. We appreciate their time and efforts and look forward to continued collaboration in the coming months as we finalize our plan,” Secretary of Education Steve Godowsky said.


The department also has created a framework document that provides context around the department’s related work. Narrated slides also provide an overview of the changes between this draft and the Oct. 31 version.


The final plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in April.


The public has several opportunities to learn more about the plan and share feedback and ideas in the coming months. An electronic feedback form to collect feedback is also posted. 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 Public comment on this version of the draft will be accepted until February 10. 

Alison May
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