The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools across the country, including Kentucky. According to the U.S. Department of Education, ESSA:
Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-need students.
Requires—for the first time—that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators—consistent with our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods
Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.
Under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state education agencies, including the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), are required to submit a plan detailing the implementation of the law and how federal education dollars will be spent. The latest version of Kentucky's Consolidated State Plan was most recently approved by the U.S. Department of Education in May 2020.
In April 2021, KDE submitted proposed revisions to the May 2020 plan to reflect alignment with SB 158 (2020) and update current initiatives. An overview of the proposed revisions is below.
Meredith Brewer, Ph.D.
Director of Education Policy
Office of the Commissioner
300 Sower Blvd., 5th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601