Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Overview

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed by Congress and signed by the President in December 2015, is the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), first signed into law in 1965 and reauthorized periodically since then. ESSA is the governing law of the nine title programs dealing with elementary and secondary education federal funding and student civil rights. Utah receives a little over $300 million in federal funding for public schools, much of it tied into ESSA.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
United States Department of Education

ESSA offers new flexibility in federal regulations but also requires states to develop plans that address student achievement and intent to help struggling students and schools.

Public Comment Notice

Utah State Board of Education Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Consolidated State Plan Public Comment Form for Federal Addendum and Waiver
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Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and the effects of the spring 2020 suspension of state assessments, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has directed staff to take steps to relieve schools from federal and state accountability determinations based on 2020-2021 state assessments. The Board is preparing to submit an addendum and waiver request to the United States Department of Education for certain requirements related to federal school accountability requirements.

The USBE is seeking public comment regarding proposed actions to adjust the Utah State Board of Education ESEA Consolidated State Plan to account for changes to accountability, and to shift forward timelines for identifying schools in need of Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI), Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI), and timelines for meeting state-level measurements of interim progress and long-term goals.

Please provide your comments to either or both the proposed Addendum, and Waiver. The survey will close on January 6, 2021.

Utah's ESSA State Plan

The Utah State Board of Education submitted Utah's ESSA state plan. Since then, the state plan went through a number of revisions as state officials worked with federal reviewers to clarify how the state plans met with ESSA's statutory requirements. Utah's state plan was approved by the United States Department of Education on July 12, 2018.

Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan
Utah's Approved State Plan

History

The United States Department of Education requested clarification in December of 2017 and Utah resubmitted its plan in February 2018 in response to Department questions.

The Utah State Board of Education requested a waiver from the United States Department of Education provision ESSA 1111(c)(4)(E)(ii): Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies, which requires states to count students who opt out of statewide proficiency testing as non-proficient for school accountability purposes.

The Utah State Legislature Title 53G-6-803: Parental Right to Academic Accommodations does not permit Utah State Board of Education to allow a negative impact upon school grades because of students opting out of statewide tests. Utah's waiver sought to only include students who take the tests for school accountability, but in May 2018 the department denied the waiver ruling that non-tested students must be counted as non-proficient students for school accountability.

March 17, 2017

Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan
Initial Plan

Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan
Marked Up Plan

Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan
Final Plan Submitted

September 18, 2017

Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan
Approved State Plan

December 14, 2017

The Honorable Sydnee Dickson Superintendent of Public Instruction
Clarification Letter

May 1, 2018

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education
Waiver Request Letter

May 31, 2018

The Honorable Sydnee Dickson Superintendent of Public Instruction
Waiver Denial Letter
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June 13, 2018

The Honorable Betsy DeVos Secretary of Education
Exception Letter

The Utah State Board of Education requested a one-year exemption to the testing provision to allow Utah State Board of Education time to work out a solution between state and federal regulations.

June 25, 2018

The Honorable Sydnee Dickson Superintendent of Public Instruction
Transition Authority Request Denial Letter

July 12, 2018

Dr. Sydnee Dickson Superintendent of Public Instruction
Approval Letter

Revised State Template for the Consolidated State Plan
Final Approved State Plan

October 18, 2018

Public Comment Welcomed on Proposed Utah ESSA English Language Proficiency (ELP) Amendment
Proposed Utah ESSA ELP Amendment

The Utah State Board of Education voted to seek an amendment to the state's ESSA plan involving the calculation of English Language Proficiency (ELP). Public comment is welcome on the change through November 16, 2018.

Press Releases

June 7, 2017

Utah's ESSA Plan Available for Public Review and Comment
USBE Public Relations

February 1, 2018

State Board of Education to Pursue Waiver from One ESSA Provision
USBE Public Relations

July 12, 2018

Utah Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan Approved by United States Secretary of Education
USBE Public Relations

June 14, 2018

Utah Asks for One-Year Reprieve from ESSA Accountability Provision
USBE Public Relations

Resources

ESSA: A New Education Law
United States Department of Education

ESSA Consolidated State Plans
Utah Department of Health

Contacts

Dr. Rebecca Donaldson
Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7869 | E-mail

Becky Peters
Executive Secretary
Phone: (801) 538-7712 | E-mail