Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law in 2015 to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and replace key requirements of the outdated No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education took the first steps to implement ESSA.

ESSA creates a long-term stable federal policy that gives states additional flexibility and encourages states and schools to innovate, while at the same time being accountable for results. The act generally includes separate authorizations for various programs.

The new law rightly gives states and school districts new flexibility to tailor strategies and interventions to meet the needs of students and schools. This is an opportunity for Maine’s rural and isolated populations, in particular, to experience growth on many levels.

School Accountability

ESSA Accountability

The Maine Department of Education's ESSA State Consolidated Plan

Final Maine Consolidated State Plan

Maine ESSA Approval Letter

Maine ESSA Draft Plan Overview-v10

Maine ESSA Draft Plan Overview-v10 (with highlights)

 

Training Session Documents

Introduction to the Needs Assessment Process
Data Support

For materials from the ESSA Advisory Work Group meetings, click here.

 

Template and Guidance

Comprehensive Needs Assessment and SAU Consolidated Plan Guidance

Comprehensive Needs Assessment and SAU Consolidated Plan

CNA-Comprehensive Needs Assessment and SAU Consolidated Plan Q&A

 

Technical Assistance Session Resources

Work Session Materials:

PowerPoint Presentation

Family Engagement Policy Document

CNA/SAU Consolidated Plan State Exemplar

Personalized Learning Plan

School Wide Wavier

February 13, 2018 Data Collection Session resources (PPT)

NWEA Data Dive Session

 

Title I Schoolwide

All schools interested in receiving Title I schoolwide authority must submit a school-level CNA/SAU Consolidated Plan with Section 1-10 by July 1.

If you require support, please email Chelsey Fortin-Trimble directly at Chelsey.A.Fortin@maine.gov

School Wide Wavier (Doc)

US DOE Guidance

CNA Schoolwide Application Rubric

 

Policy Resources

Full Text of ESSA:

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-114s1177enr/pdf/BILLS-114s1177enr.pdf

ESSA Frequently Asked Questions – US DOE:

https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/essatransitionfaqs11817.pdf

ESSA Evidence Guidance – US DOE:

https://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/guidanceuseseinvestment.pdf

Title IV-A Coalition: Frequently asked questions regarding Title IV-A

https://www.titleiva.org/what-is-title-iv-a/

National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (school climate): The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students. The Center offers information and technical assistance to states, districts, schools, institutions of higher learning, and communities focused on improving student supports and academic enrichment.

https://safesupportivelearning.ed.gov/

Evidence for ESSA: In December, 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the main federal law governing K-12 education. Within the bill are provisions with potentially revolutionary implications for education because they promote the use of federal dollars on programs with evidence of effectiveness. More evidence on what works to increase student success is available now than ever before, and ESSA encourages the use of strategies with evidence of impact.

https://www.evidenceforessa.org/

Attendance Works: The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (called the No Child Left Behind Act when it was updated in 2002). ESSA gives states more power to set their own accountability standards within the parameters described in the law. One new requirement is that states define and measure school quality. ESSA also requires states to report chronic absence data and allows federal spending on training to reduce absenteeism.

http://www.attendanceworks.org/policy/federal-policy/

 

Data Resources

U.S. Census Bureau:

https://www.census.gov/en.html

Demographics:  (state, county, town level data) - US Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-year data profiles

https://www.census.gov/acs/www/data/data-tables-and-tools/data-profiles/2015/

Community Demographics - Maine Prevention Services

Maine Prevention Services partners in your communities are implementing strategies and interventions to prevent the use and/or misuse of substances by youth and in their work, they collect community demographic data for which they will share schools/districts.

Listing of Local Prevention Partners

When looking for community demographic data, contact your local prevention partner located in your school’s/district’s community or nearest your school/district. While analyzing data collected for the CNA, reach out to your local prevention partner if you have questions about programs and resources available in your area.

Substance Abuse Prevention: (state, county, public health district) - Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services web-based interactive data dashboard system to track progress in reducing underage and high risk drinking, marijuana use and prescription drug misuse.

http://www.maineseow.com/#/home

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps: (county level data) – The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income inequality, and teen births in nearly every county in America.

http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/app/maine/2017/overview

Attendance Works: The 2015 Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (called the No Child Left Behind Act when it was updated in 2002). ESSA gives states more power to set their own accountability standards within the parameters described in the law. One new requirement is that states define and measure school quality. ESSA also requires states to report chronic absence data and allows federal spending on training to reduce absenteeism.

http://www.attendanceworks.org/policy/federal-policy/

Contact

Jaci Holmes
Federal/State Legislative Liason
207-624-6669
jaci.holmes@maine.gov

Paul Hambleton
Chief Academic Officer
207-624-6697
paul.hambleton@maine.gov

Janette Kirk
Deputy Director, Office of Learning Systems
Maine Department of Education
207-624-6707
janette.kirk@maine.gov