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ESSA - State Plan Development

The West Virginia Department of Education is charged with the development of an ESSA State Plan with a submission deadline of March 2017. The ESSA State Plan will articulate how West Virginia’s schools will implement the various requirements of the legislation. Major component sections of the Plan will include:

  • Academic Standards and Assessment: states must describe challenging academic standards and assessments that are consistent with the regulations in Section 1111(b)(1) of ESSA.
  • School Accountability and Support for Improvement: states must describe their school accountability system which must include various indicators of student achievement and outcomes. States must also describe its system of support for improving schools that are underperforming and identified by the accountability system to require differentiated supports for improvement.
  • Support for Excellent Educators: states must describe their strategies for recruiting and retaining highly effective educators, providing supports to improve educator effectiveness and assuring that all student have access to highly effective teachers.
  • Support for All Students: states must describe how it will ensure that all students receive a fair, equitable and high quality education with a focus on specific subgroup interventions.

Through this website, stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide input to decision making processes around a variety of issues that will be addressed in each of the Plan components listed above. Please register to become an ESSA Stakeholder.