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The West Virginia Department of Education is currently in the process of determining how the requirements of ESSA will translate into state education policies and practices. The Department will work in consultation with statewide educators and community partners to determine how best to address the requirements of ESSA and draft the State ESSA Plan by September 2017. The plan development timeline and process are subject to change as additional federal guidance is made available.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. It reauthorizes the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was previously reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The ESSA requires each state to develop an implementation plan in consultation with school and community stakeholders. This website is designed to give all stakeholders information related to:
- the required ESSA State Plan components
- the ESSA decision points that will be incorporated into the ESSA State Plan
- opportunities to engage in the decision making process as a stakeholder for the ESSA State Plan
ESSA – State Plan Development
The West Virginia Department of Education is charged with the development of an ESSA State Plan with a submission deadline of September 2017. The ESSA State Plan will articulate how West Virginia’s schools will implement the various requirements of the legislation. Major component sections of the Plan will include:
- Academic Standards and Assessment: states must describe challenging academic standards and assessments that are consistent with the regulations in Section 1111(b)(1) of ESSA.
- School Accountability and Support for Improvement: states must describe their school accountability system which must include various indicators of student achievement and outcomes. States must also describe its system of support for improving schools that are underperforming and identified by the accountability system to require differentiated supports for improvement.
- Support for Excellent Educators: states must describe their strategies for recruiting and retaining highly effective educators, providing supports to improve educator effectiveness and assuring that all student have access to highly effective teachers.
- Support for All Students: states must describe how it will ensure that all students receive a fair, equitable and high quality education with a focus on specific subgroup interventions.
Through this website, stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide input to decision making processes around a variety of issues that will be addressed in each of the Plan components listed above.
ESSA – Get Involved
The West Virginia Department of Education encourages you to participate in the development of the ESSA State Plan. There are several levels of stakeholder engagement. Many different stakeholder groups have already been engaged in the development of policies and programs related to each of the major ESSA State Plan components. As we move forward with new decision points, many of these stakeholder groups will be called upon to review options and make recommendations.
In addition, all interested citizens are invited to register as a West Virginia ESSA Stakeholder at this site. Registration will enable us to send you email notices of updated ESSA documents, include you in input surveys related to new decision points and make sure that you receive all notices related to public comment processes for the ESSA State Plan.
Attend a public stakeholder meeting in your area
- June 19, 5:30 p.m.
- Lewis County High School
- 205 Minuteman Drive
- Weston, WV 26452
- June 28, 5:30 p.m.
- Riverside High School
- 1 Warrior Way
- Belle, WV 25015
- July 10, 5:30 p.m.
- Spring Mills High School
- 499 Campus Drive
- Martinsburg, WV 25404
- July 17, 5:30 p.m.
- John Marshall High School
- 1300 Wheeling Ave
- Glen Dale, WV 25404
- July 20, 5:30 p.m.
- East Fairmont High School
- 1993 Airport Road
- Fairmont, WV 26554
- July 26, 5:30 p.m.
- Cabell Midland
- 2300 US 60
- Ona, WV 25545
- July 27, 5:30 p.m.
- Eastern Greenbrier Middle School
- 403 Knight Drive
- Ronceverte, WV 24970
ESSA – Resources
- The U.S. Department of Education’s ESSA website
- FAQs on the transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provided by The U.S. Department of Education
- Resources for ESSA outlined by the Council of Chief State School Officers
- The National Parent Teacher Association has created a parent factsheet to help answer questions and concerns over the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The two-page guide helps parents navigate ESSA’s impact on classroom instruction, standards, accountability and how to get involved in the implementation process, among other topics.
- West Virginia’s School Accountability System
- Understanding Lexiles and Quantiles