Covering State ESSA Plans: What Reporters Need to Know


States across the nation are taking another look at their school accountability systems in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act, a rewrite of the main federal law for K-12 education. So far, 16 states and the District of Columbia have submitted their ESSA plans for review by the U.S. Department of Education. Another 33 states have until Sept. 18  to do so.

With that deadline looming, now is a key time for journalists to examine how states are responding to the new leeway offered by ESSA. Each state’s ESSA plan is expected to detail how public schools will be evaluated — and what happen when schools fall short of expectations.

What should reporters look for when examining state plans? What patterns have emerged from the U.S. Department of Education’s critiques of the plans already submitted? And, most important, what impact will these decisions have on students and communities?

Get answers to those questions and more at this September 14 webinar.


  • Sept. 14, 2 p.m. EDT