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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed in 2015, replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. It maintains a focus on equity for all students, while giving states and local school districts much more ownership over systems of school accountability and support. In Iowa, ESSA has been a great opportunity to build on bold education improvements under way that align with ESSA requirements, including clear and rigorous standards for what students should know and be able to do, a school accountability system that targets support where and when schools need it most, and a structure for professional learning that emphasizes teacher leadership and evidence-based practices.

ESSA Resources:

Weekly Q&A around ESSA and the Consolidated Application:

IDE’s Mark Crady and Amy Williamson every Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm beginning September 7 will answer any questions you may have about the Consolidated Application or ESSA implementation in general.  Link https://heartlandaea.zoom.us/j/8107179477

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