Georgia’s ESSA Plan Timeline: UPDATED
In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the replacement for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (commonly known as No Child Left Behind) was signed into law. The replacement of No Child Left Behind was long overdue, as it focused too heavily on a top-down federal government approach to education.
With bipartisan support, ESSA allows states and local schools/districts to make education decisions that are best for their students, rather than overreaching federal requirements. The new law requires that states develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability, and special help for struggling schools and students.
As we transition from No Child Left Behind to the Every Student Succeeds Act, Georgia has carefully listened to feedback from all stakeholders interested in making education better for our students. We have, and will continue to, partnered with educators, parents, community members and business/industry leaders and lawmakers/policymakers to personalize education for students to ensure they are ready to learn, ready to live, and ready to lead.
The transition plan as outlined in ESSA includes:
ESSA does not impact the 2015–16 school year. Georgia’s ESEA Accountability State Plan (NCLB waiver) remains in place until August 1, 2016. For the remainder of the 2015–16 school year and during the 2016–17 school year, we will continue to serve schools identified as priority and focus schools.
The 2016–17 school year will be a transition period with the continuation of our current accountability plan unless changes are required by U.S. Department of Education guidance. Full implementation of Georgia’s ESSA Plan will be effective in the 2017–18 school year.
The Georgia Department of Education is encouraged by the new ESSA law and looks forward to working with all who are interested in helping rewrite Georgia’s public K-12 education plan.
||GaDOE staff were assigned sections of the ESSA legislation to review and identify major changes, deletions, and additions|
||GaDOE staff reviewed ESSA legislation by Title and Section and shared major changes, deletions, and additions|
|Policy staff shared ESSA information with Executive Cabinet and program staff|
||Feedback gathered from LEA Federal Program staff at GCEL conference|
- Suggested stakeholders to include in listening sessions on Georgia’s plan
- Considerations to think about in fine-tuning accountability plan
- Recommended venues for communication
||Executive Cabinet provided feedback on Rulemaking topics to Georgia’s committee representative|
||Establish GaDOE ESSA State Leadership Team|
- GaDOE reviews ESSA provisions and compiles list of state and federal requirements
- Develop and finalize ESSA State Plan timeline and framework; establish working and advisory committees
- GaDOE begins communicating periodic updates on ESSA developments through webpage, printed materials, and social media
||Initial meeting of Working and Advisory Committees|
- Overview of ESSA – federal and state requirements; USED guidance and regulations
- Working Committees – develop sample questions/discussion points to be used as basis for stakeholder feedback
- Advisory Committee – develop focus areas for each working committee
||Organize opportunities for feedback throughout the state|
ESSA stakeholder feedback sessions held throughout the state
|Feb 2017-June 2017
- Convene working committees to begin draft language
- Chairs and co-chairs pull together draft ESSA state plan
- Presentations to Advisory Committee
- Public comment period
- Governor, State Board of Education, State School Superintendent review
- Overview to the House and Senate Education Committees
September 18, 2017
|If necessary, reconvene committees to revise Georgia’s State Plan based on feedback|
Georgia’s State Plan is submitted (date tentative pending submission date and guidance from USED; USED must approve state plan no later than 120 days after submission). Once Georgia’s State Plan is approved, presentations will be given to the House and Senate Education Committees.
Note: Timelines may change based on pending guidance from USED.
ESSA Public Hearings
The Georgia Department of Education and State School Superintendent Richard Woods held eight public feedback sessions for those interested in the future of Georgia’s public education system.
Each ESSA feedback session included a welcome from Superintendent Woods and an introduction to the Every Student Succeeds Act. Participants then chose specific topics to discuss in working groups.
The public was also informed of next steps and additional opportunities to provide feedback. At each meeting, we shared this one-page overview of ESSA topics. Meeting summaries can be found on this page under "Information and Resources."
Feedback during this time period could also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All meetings were held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the following locations:
August 24: Columbia County, Columbia County Board of Education,
4781 Hereford Farm Road, Evans, GA 30809
August 29: Habersham County, Piedmont College (Student Commons Building), 375 Georgia Street, Demorest, GA 30535
September 14: Fulton County, North Learning Center
450 Northridge Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30350
September 19: Muscogee County, Northside High School, 2002 American Way, Columbus, GA 31909
October 12: Laurens County, Old West Laurens (OWL) Training Center, 338 West Laurens School Road, Dublin, GA 31021
October 17: Gordon County, Gordon County College & Career Academy, 305 Beamer Road, Calhoun, GA 30701
November 1: Dougherty County, Dougherty Comprehensive High School, 1800 Pearce Avenue, Albany, GA 31705
November 3: Chatham County, Hesse K8 School, 9116 Whitfield Avenue, Savannah, GA 31406