Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan Support

Priority Alignment
Data-Based Decision Making
ESSA
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. ESSA requires the State Education Agency (SEA) to be the key decision maker in the development and implementation of the ESSA Consolidated Plan. ESSA requires extensive SEA outreach and engagement efforts to everyone from policymakers to educators to tribal organizations to parents to inform the development of state plans. TXCC will assist the Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff with planning and coordinating stakeholder engagement meetings and provide additional supports for state plan development as needed by TEA.
Progress to Date
  • TXCC activities focused on supporting the Texas Education Agency's (TEA) stakeholder engagement activities as the agency begins to develop the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan. TXCC staff began development of an ESSA Stakeholder Engagement Facilitator Guide for TEA staff. The purpose of this document is to guide TEA in arranging engagement meetings, facilitating stakeholder conversations, and collecting their input as required by ESSA. In addition, TXCC staff began development of an online ESSA public input survey for TEA to be launched in September. 
  • TXCC staff attended two ESSA webinars hosted by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on state plans, data reporting, and accountability. TXCC staff worked to support the Texas Education Agency (TEA) in developing internal workgroups that will meet this summer and fall to develop components of TEA's Consolidated State Plan. TXCC consulted with TEA on ED's proposed requirements for stakeholder engagement in support of ESSA state plan development and provided information on ED's proposed ESSA requirements, including an outline for ESSA state plan submission.