The West Virginia Department of Education was charged with developing an Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plan to articulate how West Virginia will strengthen and support student achievement. The major components of the ESSA state plan address school accountability and support for improvement, academic standards and assessment, support for excellent educators, and supports for all students. West Virginia’s plan is a comprehensive, individualized system of support that will utilize education partnerships to promote student growth.

West Virginia’s ESSA state plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Education in early 2018, and the Mountain State was one of the first of the second-round submission states to get their ESSA Plan approved.