CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced a series of regional stakeholder meetings to discuss the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. The meetings will include a brief informational session and an open question and answer session. All stakeholder meetings are open to the public. Events will take place at the following dates and times:
ESSA was signed into law in December 2015, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. The federal legislation represents a shift from broad federal oversight to greater flexibility of primary and secondary education at the state and local levels. ESSA requires all states to develop plans that address standards, assessments, accountability and support for struggling schools. West Virginia will submit its final plan in September 2017.
“It is imperative that our ESSA state plan is reflective of input from all stakeholder groups,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “We value feedback from community members and encourage those with questions or input to attend.”
In addition to attending the stakeholder meetings, citizens can visit the Department’s ESSA website to participate in a survey and sign up to stay informed on the development of the plan: http://wvde.state.wv.us/essa/.
For additional information, contact Kristin Anderson at the WVDE Office of Communications at 304-558-2699 or Kristin.Anderson@k12.wv.us.