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Every Student Succeeds Act Approved in December 2015

The Every Student Succeeds Act is the latest reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act and was approved by the US Congress in December 2015. This law provides significant federal support for programs to serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade and replaces the No Child Left Behind law of 2002. North Carolina and all other states will operate under its current federal plan until the final rules are completed for the Every Student Succeeds Act, which is expected in the winter of 2016-17. State education leaders are developing the new North Carolina plan. (Note: Regulations, rules and US Department of Education timelines and protocols may impact the draft timeline and plan development.)

NEW!! Draft State Plan for the ESSA (December 22, 2016)
(pdf, 2.4mb)

Full text of the ESSA
(pdf, 970kb)

Full text of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA
(pdf, 1mb)


Public Input Sought

Public input is being sought by NC Department of Public Instruction staff to help guide development of the state’s plan for complying with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Educators, parents, students and other stakeholders of North Carolina’s public schools are invited to provide feedback on the Let’s Talk section of the NCDPI website. Please select the “Every Student Succeeds Act” link near the bottom of the page to share your thoughts. These submitted comments are given the same weight as comments made at public comment sessions.

States are required to develop their own ESSA plan to comply with the federal law. The state plan will address issues of school accountability, student assessments, support for struggling schools and other elements.

Several public meetings were held around the state in October to solicit stakeholder feedback. Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Fayetteville and Tarboro sessions were canceled.

NEW!! The Fayetteville and Tarboro sessions will not be rescheduled as originally thought due to the ongoing recovery efforts in the surrounding communities.

North Wilkesboro Thursday,
October 6
West Wilkes Middle School
1677 N. NC Hwy 16
Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Jacksonville Wednesday,
October 12
Jacksonville High School
Media Center 1021 Henderson Drive
Jacksonville, NC 28540
Fayetteville - Canceled Tuesday,
October 18
Long Hill Elementary
6490 Ramsey Street
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Tarboro - Canceled Wednesday,
October 19
Tarboro High School
1400 Howard Avenue
Tarboro, NC 27886
Waynesville Monday,
October 24
Tuscola High School
564 Tuscola School Road
Waynesville, NC 28786
Burlington Tuesday,
October 25
Career and Technical Education Center
2550 Buckingham Road
NC 27217-3295

Summary of the Spring Comment Sessions
(pdf, 412kb)