CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) announced today that a draft of the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan is now available online for review and public comment. The plan will be available until August 30, and the WVDE will submit its final plan to the U.S. Department of Education September 18, 2017.
“Throughout the past several months, the West Virginia Department of Education has taken a transparent and deliberative approach to developing a plan that takes advantage of the flexibility provided under ESSA and supports the development of highly effective schools in the Mountain State,” said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Steven Paine. “We have worked tirelessly with stakeholder groups across the state to develop this plan, but still hope to receive meaningful feedback during this 30-day public comment period.”
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.
Individuals are encouraged to visit http://wvde.state.wv.us/essa/review-and-comment.html to read the draft plan and provide feedback.