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A New Education Law

 The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure  reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all  students.

The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.

For example, today, high school graduation rates are at all-time highs. Dropout rates are at historic lows. And more students are going to college than ever before.  These achievements provide a firm foundation for further work to expand educational opportunity and improve student outcomes under ESSA.

The previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002. NCLB represented a significant step forward for our nation’s children in  many respects, particularly as it shined a light on where students were making progress and where they needed additional support, regardless of race, income, zip code,  disability, home language, or background. The law was scheduled for revision in 2007, and, over time, NCLB’s prescriptive requirements became increasingly unworkable  for schools and educators. Recognizing this fact, in 2010, the Obama administration joined a call from educators and families to create a better law that focused on the  clear goal of fully preparing all students for success in college and careers.

Congress has now responded to that call.

The Every Student Succeeds Act reflects many of the priorities of this administration.

In accordance with ESSA, Miller County BOE supports the following Federal Education Grants:

In addition, the following auxillary programs provide Student Services and Supports



ESSA: Developing a Plan for Georgians, By Georgians

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Georgia’s ESSA Plan Timeline

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 Behindwas 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 will carefully listen to feedback from all stakeholders interested in making education better for our students. We will partner 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.


December 2015 GaDOE staff were assigned sections of the ESSA legislation to review and identify major changes, deletions, and additions

January 2016 GaDOE staff reviewed ESSA legislation by Title and Section and shared major changes, deletions, and additions
January and
February 2016
Policy staff shared ESSA information with Executive Cabinet and program staff
February 2016 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
March 2016 Executive Cabinet provided feedback on Rulemaking topics to Georgia’s committee representative

Apr 2016 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
May-Jun 2016 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
Jul 2016 Organize opportunities for feedback throughout the state

Aug-Oct 2016

ESSA stakeholder feedback sessions held throughout the state
Oct-Dec 2016
  • Convene working committees to begin draft language
  • Chairs and co-chairs pull together draft ESSA state plan
  • Presentations to Advisory Committee
Jan 2017
  • Public comment period
  • Governor, State Board of Education, State School Superintendent review
  • Overview to the House and Senate Education Committees
February 2017

March 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.

System procedures, documents, and supporting information for each program can be obtained by following the links under the menu for Federal Programs.

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