The U.S. Department of Education recently released a series of resources to support States in their transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Consolidated State Plan guidance is intended to support each State Educational Agency (SEA) in developing a consolidated State plan that meets all statutory and regulatory requirements with regard to improved student academic achievement and increased quality of instruction. The State and Local Report Cards guidance is intended to assist SEAs and Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in implementing the report card requirements under Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and implementing regulations in 34 C.F.R. §§ 200.30 through 200.37 beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. The High School Graduation Rate guidance provides States, LEAs and schools with information about how to implement the graduation rate requirements in the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA and implementing regulations in 34 C.F.R. §§ 200.34
All three of these resources provide additional clarity on the role of States, districts, and schools under the ESSA to ensure that all students receive a high-quality education and that they graduate high school prepared for success in college and career.