Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

A Message from Paolo DeMaria, Superintendent of Public Instruction

As Ohioans, we all want every child to receive a high-quality education so they can succeed in life, careers and future learning. That unity is crucial as we seek to lead our education system to be the best it can be in the service of every child. Only by working together can we reach our aspirations. Read more...

Ohio’s draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan and technical submission

The Ohio Department of Education is proud to release the draft state plan and the technical submission of Ohio’s Every Student Succeeds Act with appendices

Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), we asked for your participation and input through webinars, regional meetings and online survey, which are now completed.

Thank you to all who participated in providing information and input. Approximately 3,100 individuals participated in the ESSA webinars and more than 1,500 people attended the 10 regional meetings. There were more than 11,000 responses to the ESSA online survey. Additionally, the Ohio Department of Education attended more than 70 meetings and presentations around the state and collected suggestions and recommendations submitted through email to the Department.

The Ohio Department of Education is committed to comprehensive and collaborative community engagement leading to the development of our state Student Success Plan. A plan that is deeply rooted in the needs of Ohio’s students, educators and communities requires everyone’s input.

Please use essa@education.ohio.gov for questions.


On Dec. 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a long-awaited overhaul of federal education law. Passed with bipartisan support, ESSA represents a shift from broad federal oversight of primary and secondary education to greater flexibility and decision making at the state and local levels. The law replaces the No Child Left Behind Act.

Ohio is committed to involving educators, parents and other stakeholders as we explore new ways to ensure that all our students receive the education they need for bright futures.

ESSA requires that states develop plans that address standards, assessments, school and district accountability, and special help for struggling schools.

The transition plan as outlined in ESSA includes: The 2016-2017 school year will be a transition period with full implementation of new state plans effective with the 2017-2018 school year.

ESSA Postcard

How to Share ESSA and keep the conversation going. 

  • Share with your network #ESSAOhio
  • Share your ideas: essa@education.ohio.gov
  •  Sign up to Receive Updates (select Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) from the dropdown list)


The U.S. Department of Education has extended its submission deadline for states’ Every Student Succeeds Act to April 3rd.  Prior to submitting the final State Plan, the Ohio Department of Education intends to post a summary of the draft State Plan by mid-January 2017 and they will post the full draft State Plan for public comment in early February.

Last Modified: 3/13/2017 4:02:22 PM