Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

About ESSA

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.

Minnesota’s NCLB Flexibility Waiver remained in effect until August 1, 2016. The 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years are transition years.

Minnesota State ESSA Plan Approved

The Minnesota Department of Education submitted the state Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) on September 18, 2017, for review and approval. Some sections were resubmitted with edits, as requested by U.S. Department of Education, on January 3, 2018. The Minnesota Department of Education received a letter of approval from the U.S. Department of Education for Minnesota's state plan on January 10, 2018. The plan is available in full and by section on the Minnesota State Plan webpage.

Commissioner Cassellius also released a letter to stakeholders outlining changes between the draft state plan posted for public comment on August 1, 2017, and the finalized plan submitted September 18, 2017. 

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 - 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
ESSA Update - December 1
ESSA Update - October 27
ESSA Update - September 23


Below are general resources about ESSA. For more specific topic information, please visit our Outreach Materials page.