Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

ESSA State Plan Development

As the 2018-19 school year begins, information to help districts and schools implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is being published to sections of our website. This page, and other pages in this section, will continue to be available and will serve as an archive of the process the Minnesota Department of Education used to develop the Minnesota State ESSA Plan.

For specific implementation information, visit these pages of our site:

School and District Accountability
Minnesota Report Card
Regional Centers of Excellence


On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and changed many portions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) will work closely with the U.S. Department of Education to ensure Minnesota’s students, educators, schools, and districts experience a clear and orderly transition to the new law. The U.S. Department of Education maintains a page explaining ESSA, and the text of the law is available online.

The 2018-19 school year is the first full year of ESSA implementation.

Minnesota State ESSA Plan

Minnesota's plan for implementation of ESSA is available in full and by section on the Minnesota State Plan webpage.

ESSA Update

A great way to stay informed about what's going on with ESSA in Minnesota is through the ESSA Update newsletter. Subscribe to the newsletter and check out the latest editions:

ESSA Update -  August 1, 2018
ESSA Update - June 18, 2018
ESSA Update - March 5, 2018
ESSA Update - February 6, 2018
ESSA Update - January 10, 2018
ESSA Update - January 3, 2018
ESSA Update - December 22, 2017
ESSA Update - November 8, 2017
ESSA Update - September 13, 2017
ESSA Update - August 1, 2017
ESSA Update - July 26, 2017
ESSA Update - July 6, 2017
ESSA Update - May 24, 2017
ESSA Update - April 28, 2017
ESSA Update - March 31, 2017
ESSA Update - March 9, 2017
ESSA Update - February 3, 2017
ESSA Update - January 12, 2017
ESSA Update - December 14, 2016
ESSA Update - December 1, 2016
ESSA Update - October 27, 2016
ESSA Update - September 23, 2016