Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Implementation Information By State
(updated November 2, 2016)

On December 10, 2015, No Child Left Behind was updated with legislation you have certainly heard about—the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Read more about the federal legislation here.

This new legislation not only allows for, but requires, your input. You are an expert who knows about the challenges and opportunities in today's classrooms. Policy makers want to hear from you and to learn from you as an educational professional.

While some states are still considering how to engage their education stakeholders, many states have already put a process in place, ranging from an online survey to gather feedback to holding community meetings. Check out what is happening in your state using this list compiled for you. For additional updates on ESSA for each state, please visit Shape America.

Kappa Delta Pi has, on behalf of its 36,000 members, offered suggestions for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that you can download by clicking here.

Thank you to Dr. Amy Stich for her regular updates to this page and helping to keep you informed.

Alabama To find out more go to: https://www.alsde.edu/dept/essa/Pages/home.aspx

Alaska Contact the ESSA coordinator at erin.hardin@alaska.gov. Stay tuned for the draft of the State Plan: https://education.alaska.gov/akessa/#c3gtabs-stateplan

Arizona Please find the final ESSA State Plan here: http://www.azed.gov/essa/draftplan/

Arkansas Sign up to receive email updates here: http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/communications/stay-informed

California To receive updates on ESSA, please join the California Department of Education’s listserv by sending a blank e-mail message to: join-essa@mlist.cde.ca.gov. Updates to ESSA State Plan Development Opportunities can be found here: http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/es/essaopptopart.asp

Colorado Find more information here: ESSA in Colorado: A Conversation on the Implementation of ESSA. To provide feedback on Colorado’s ESSA Draft State Plan, please go to: http://www.cde.state.co.us/fedprograms/essastateplanfeedback

Connecticut Contact Jennifer Webb (jennifer.webb@ct.gov) To provide stakeholder feedback on ESSA in Connecticut, please go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CTESSASurvey

Delaware – Check the Delaware DOE website for upcoming community conversations to engage stakeholders. Send questions and feedback to ESSAStatePlan@doe.k12.de.us.

District of Columbia Please go to D.C.’s ESSA page and scroll down to find opportunities for engagement: https://osse.dc.gov/essa

Florida Visit the Florida DOE site for more information. The first round of public input was from June 21 – July 22, but the site states that you should stay tuned for more information on future input opportunities.

Georgia Send feedback to mfincher@doe.k12.ga.us.

Hawaii Send questions and feedback to ESSA@notes.k12.hi.us.

Idaho Send questions and feedback to mmbeckman@sde.Idaho.gov and read through the implementation timeline. To view Idaho’s third Draft State Plan, please go here: http://www.sde.idaho.gov/topics/consolidated-plan/files/01-13-17-Idaho-Consolidated-State-Plan.pdf

Illinois Send questions and feedback to ESSA@isbe.net. Please see the second Draft State Plan here: http://www.isbe.net/essa/pdf/ESSA-Illinois-State-Plan-draft-2.pdf

Indiana Send questions and feedback to dshockey@doe.in.gov.

Iowa Send questions and feedback to essa@iowa.gov. To read Iowa’s Draft State Plan for ESSA, please go here: https://www.educateiowa.gov/documents/pk-12/2017/01/draft-state-plan-essa and to provide feedback on Iowa’s State Plan by February 15, please go here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C62XHL3

Kansas Please send questions and feedback to: ESSAquestions@ksde.org

Kentucky Send questions and feedback to KyEdListens@education.ky.gov.

Louisiana Send questions and feedback to ESSALouisiana@la.gov.

Maine Send questions and feedback to ESSA.DOE@maine.gov.

Maryland Send questions and feedback to mary.gable@maryland.gov.To view Maryland’s State Draft Plan, please go here: http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/about/Documents/DAPI/ESEA/MarylandConsolidatedStatePlanDRAFT1.pdf and to provide feedback on Maryland’s State Plan, please go here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MDCSP-Draft1

Massachusetts Send questions and feedback to esea@doe.mass.gov.

Michigan Sign up for an upcoming focus group and for email updates.  

Minnesota – Send questions and feedback to mde.essa@state.mn.us. Or, mail to Michael Diedrich, Minnesota Department of Education, 1500 Highway 36 West, Roseville, MN, 55113.

Mississippi – Visit the MAE Today page to learn more.


Montana To view Montana’s Final State Plan, please go to: http://opi.mt.gov/PDF/ESSA/essa-consolidated-state-plan-final.pdf

Nebraska – Stay tuned for Nebraska’s stakeholder input opportunities. If you have suggestions for particular locations or dates, please contact: nde.essa@nebraska.gov

Nevada Send questions and feedback to the ESSA Advisory Group by contacting Steve Canavero, Ph.D., Superintendent of Public Instruction at mayitasanchez@doe.nv.gov.

New Hampshire – Stay tuned for New Hampshire’s State Plan and public feedback survey in March.

New Jersey Send questions and feedback to ESSA@doe.state.nj.us.

New Mexico Read the Transitioning to the Every Student Succeeds Act Frequently Asked Questions found here. Please see a letter from Secretary Skandera on New Mexico’s ESSA update here: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/ESSA_update_dec16.html

New York Send questions and feedback to ESSA@nysed.gov.

North Carolina Send questions and feedback to lou.fabrizio@dpi.nc.gov. See new fall public comment sessions. To view North Carolina’s Draft State Plan, please go to: http://www.dpi.state.nc.us/docs/succeeds/draft-state-plan.pdf

North Dakota Send questions to lmatzke@nd.gov.

Ohio Sign up for ESSA updates and send questions or feedback toessa@education.ohio.gov .

Oklahoma See the Draft State Plan here: http://sde.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/ESSAStatePlanDraft1-update112116.pdf and take the framework survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z52MKZD

Oregon Send questions and feedback to theresa.richards@state.or.us. To view Oregon’s ESSA Draft State Plan, please go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/superintendent/priorities/draft-framework-for-oregons-essa-state-plan12-9-16.pdf

Pennsylvania Send questions and feedback to RA-edESSA@pa.gov.

Rhode Island – Visit the Rhode Island DOE site for more information on public meetings of the Committee of Practitioners.

South Carolina To provide feedback, click here (through January 2017). Follow this link to view the new Draft State Plan: http://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/every-student-succeeds-act-essa/draft-consolidated-state-plan/

South Dakota Send questions and feedback to Laura Scheibe at Laura.Scheibe@state.sd.us.To receive updates on ESSA in South Dakota, sign up here: https://listserv.sd.gov/scripts/wa.exe?SUBED1=SDESSAIMPLEMENTATION&A=1

Tennessee To view Tennessee’s Draft State Plan, please go to: https://tn.gov/assets/entities/education/attachments/ESSA_Draft_Plan_Full.pdf and to provide feedback on the State Plan, please go to: https://stateoftennessee.formstack.com/forms/essa_draft_plan_feedback

Texas Send questions and feedback to essa@tea.texas.gov.


Vermont To learn more about Vermont’s Draft State Plan and to provide feedback, please go to: http://education.vermont.gov/calendar/vermont-state-plan


Washington Sign up for email or text alerts from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

West Virginia – To get involved, go to: http://wvde.state.wv.us/forms/essa/

Wisconsin Access the general feedback form here.

Wyoming Send questions and feedback to brent.young@wyo.gov.

If you have any updates to share for this page, please send those directly to Chris Beaman, Director of Marketing & Communications, at chris@kdp.org.