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What does ESSA mean for parents, teachers and students? This short video summarizes what you need to know about the legislation and how it impacts you.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. It reauthorizes the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was previously reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The ESSA requires each state to develop an implementation plan in consultation with school and community stakeholders. This website is designed to give all stakeholders information related to:

  • the required ESSA State Plan components
  • the ESSA decision points that will be incorporated into the ESSA State Plan
  • opportunities to engage in the decision making process as a stakeholder for the ESSA State Plan

The West Virginia Department of Education is currently in the process of determining how the requirements of ESSA will translate into state education policies and practices. The Department will work in consultation with statewide educators and community partners to determine how best to address the requirements of ESSA and draft the State ESSA Plan by September 2017. The plan development timeline and process are subject to change as additional federal guidance is made available.