Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) - Archive


The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) developed a draft state plan (PDF) after reviewing and considering the feedback we received in our initial public input window last summer and over the course of the last year. It was posted for public comment June 30-July 31, 2017. We are analyzing your feedback and revising the draft state plan accordingly before providing to Governor Rick Scott, as required. Finally, by September 18, the deadline set by the federal government, we will submit the state plan to the U.S. Department of Education.

The format of the plan is the U.S. Department of Education state plan template, which is organized into nine sections:

  1. Title I, Part A:  Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
  2. Title I, Part C:  Education of Migratory Children
  3. Title I, Part D:  Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
  4. Title II, Part A:  Supporting Effective Instruction
  5. Title III, Part A:  English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement
  6. Title IV, Part A:  Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
  7. Title IV, Part B:  21st Century Community Learning Centers
  8. Title V, Part B, Subpart 2:  Rural and Low-Income School Program
  9. Title VII, Subpart B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program

The United States Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and then it was signed into law on December 10, 2015, amending the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. ESSA increases state authority on standards, assessments and interventions, and adds specific restrictions to the United States Secretary of Education's involvement in state decisions. States will be making decisions and exercising flexibility accordingly. To ensure Florida’s education stakeholders have the latest information on implementation decisions, please sign up for updates using the link at the bottom of the page.

Public Input

The department held a first round of public input from June 21-July 22, 2016, on the components of ESSA in order to engage stakeholders around the topics of the revised law. A third party reviewed each comment and produced a summary report. Additional opportunities for public input will be announced.

Summary Report (PDF)

Survey Questions – Challenging State Academic Standards (PDF)
Survey Results – Challenging State Academic Standards (Excel)

Survey Questions – Academic Assessments (PDF)
Survey Results – Academic Assessments (Excel)

Survey Questions – State Assessment Grants (PDF)
Survey Results – State Assessment Grants (Excel)

Survey Questions – Statewide Accountability System (PDF)
Survey Results – Statewide Accountability System (Excel)

Survey Questions – School Improvement (PDF)
Survey Results – School Improvement (Excel)

Survey Questions – School Support and Improvement Activities (PDF)
Survey Results – School Support and Improvement Activities (Excel)

Survey Questions – Direct Student Services (PDF)
Survey Results – Direct Student Services (Excel)

Survey Questions – General Comments by Title of the Act (Titles I-VIII) (PDF)
Survey Results – General Comments by Title of the Act (Titles I-VIII) (Excel)

Survey Questions – U.S. DOE Draft Regulations on Accountability, State Plans and Data Reporting (PDF)
Survey Results – U.S. DOE Draft Regulations on Accountability, State Plans and Data Reporting (Excel)

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