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in 2015 to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and replace key requirements of the outdated No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001.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.

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)

Comprehensive Needs Assessment and SAU Consolidated Plan Guidance

Comprehensive Needs Assessment and SAU Consolidated Plan

Training Session Documents

Introduction to the Needs Assessment Process
Data Support


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

As Maine transitions, content on this website will be updated. For more information on ESSA, visit the USDOE laws and guidance webpage and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) resource webpage.

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Jaci Holmes
Federal/State Legislative Liason

Paul Hambleton
Chief Academic Officer

Janette Kirk
ESEA Director - Title I
Maine Department of Education