INDIANAPOLIS -- The U.S. Department of Education has approved Indiana's plan to replace No Child Left Behind.
In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child.
Under ESSA, the federal government gives back much of education policy back to the states. In return, states agree to track the progress of schools and districts, offer support when needed, and show how the money is being used to support students, according to educationpost.org
ESSA required all states to submit a plan for review by the DOE. The plan had to include the details regarding the following required components:
Challenging state academic standards
Statewide accountability systems
School support and improvement activities
Indiana Department of Education spokesperson Adam Baker says input from schools, teachers and principals was used in the creation of the state's ESSA plan.
Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Education's approval of Indiana's plan:
“Our ESSA plan reflects the input and perspective of many stakeholders in communities across our state. From the beginning, we set out to build a plan that responded to the needs of Hoosier students. From our clear accountability system to our innovative, locally-driven approach to school improvement, our ESSA plan was designed to support student success.”