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Plan to meet federal ESSA law open for comment – March 2, 2017

The Department of Education has released its draft plan on how the state and school districts will implement the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is being described as more supportive and less prescriptive than the old No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

The federal law is giving states and districts more say in how they will improve achievement for all students and make sure quality teachers are in all schools regardless of location.  It is far less heavy handed than the old NCLB, which labeled schools as failing, if they did not meet proficiency goals in English and math.

Maine DOE’s overall goal in the plan is by 2030, 90 percent of Maine’s students will graduate college and career ready.

Maine’s draft ESSA application, known as Maine’s State Education Plan, is open for public comment through March 30.  The DOE will consider feedback before submitting a final plan to the U.S. DOE in April.

An executive summary of the plan and the plan itself can be found at:

Maine School Management Association will send out additional information on the ESSA plan draft as it becomes available.

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