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Thinking about implementaion of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has led states across the county to re-evaluate their accountability systems and assess whether changes are needed in order to meet ESSA requirements.  Those states will need to communicate associated changes to the public in a way that enables all stakeholders' understanding.  This resource from the Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation examines the creation and use of state websites to share ESSA information with stakeholders.

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The U.S. Department of Education's ESSA Consolidated State Plans webpage provides information on requirements for consolidated state plans, including two recent webinars that discuss updated requirements and the peer review process.  The peer review criteria are intended to help states as they develop state plans and also to inform peer review teams in their evaluation of the state plans.  The webpage also includes resources and templates as well as updates on plan submission.


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The Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center offers this bibliography as a reference for policymakers and practitioners to resources on ESSA either developed or shared by Content Centers in the U.S. Department of Education’s Comprehensive Center network. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, offers state education agencies (SEAs) and their stakeholders a new opportunity to design systems that help all students reach their potential.

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The Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC) offers an annotated bibliography of resources and tools to support SEAs as they continue to involve stakeholders in ESSA preparation and implementation. Because we all have a stake in public education, ESSA requires SEAs to engage a wide array of constituents in planning and implementing the new law. Moreover, such engagement should be meaningful--ongoing, inclusive, substantive, and focused on continuous improvement.