Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Draft Overview Of Ohio’s State Plan ESSA

The Ohio Department of Education has released a draft overview of the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. The draft overview provides a framework for the final plan that Ohio will submit in April to the U.S. Department of Education. The plan will cover several important aspects of Ohio’s education system, including Academic Standards, Assessments, Accountability and School Improvement, among others.

The Department invites the public to review and comment on the overview. The full draft of the plan will be released in early February, with a comment period open through March 6. The Department will continue to incorporate input throughout the development of the final Ohio plan.

Ohio’s plan takes a detailed look at the state’s education system and makes important improvements based on the feedback of our stakeholders and requirements in the law.

Under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Ohio is creating a plan for how our local, state and federal programs are aligned to help all of our students be successful. 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 3,000 individuals participated in the ESSA webinars (see recordings below) and 1,600 people attended the 10 regional meetings (see below). 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. We expect the draft plan to be ready and open for public comment later this year.

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 the will post the full draft State Plan for public comment in early February.

Last Modified: 1/19/2017 12:37:45 PM