TEA Releases Draft ESSA State Plan for Public Comment

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On July 31, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released the draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated state plan for Texas for public comment. The comment period runs through Tuesday, August 29, 2017, and comments can be submitted via email at essa@tea.texas.gov.

Download the draft ESSA consolidated state plan for Texas

Highlights of the draft plan:

  • Alignment of state and federal policies – specifically in the areas of accountability and school improvement.
  • Maximizing flexibility afforded Texas school districts to provide services needed for students.
  • Strengthening the state’s commitment and support for our most vulnerable populations (including migrant, foster care, homeless, and economically disadvantaged students).
  • Reinforcing the state’s commitment to the 60x30 plan (developed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board) by aligning long-term academic goals to having 60 percent of students prepared to earn a certificate or degree by the year 2030.

In addition, the draft plan outlines how TEA is using school improvement interventions that align with current state requirements to avoid confusion or duplication of efforts, while also maximizing the impact of federal funds to support improvement strategies.

TEA will submit the state plan to the U.S. Department of Education for final approval in September. For more information about ESSA implementation in Texas, vist the TEA ESSA webpage.

Members of the Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL)- TLA Legislative Committee Joint Task Force on ESSA are reviewing the draft state plan to provide input on where and how effective school library programs can support the state's goals and objectives. If you have any questions, please contact Wendy Woodland, TLA director of communications, via email or call 512.328.1518.

Created on Aug 1, 2017 | Last updated August 21, 2017