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Every Student Succeeds Act

Information regarding California's plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the 2001 reauthorization of ESEA.

Information regarding the ESSA and the development of California's plan to implement the new federal education act is provided below. New information and guidance will be added as it becomes available. If you would like to be notified when new information is available, please join the California Department of Education (CDE) ESSA listserv by sending a blank e-mail message to join-essa@mlist.cde.ca.gov.


On July 12, 2018, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approved California’s ESSA State Plan.

California ESSA State Plan Drafts

Waiver Requests

The California State Board of Education directed the CDE to submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education related to the English Learner Progress Indicator. The CDE submitted the waiver request on May 16, 2018.

California Correspondence and Resources

State Board of Education (SBE) Agenda Items Related to ESSA

Stakeholder Outreach to Inform ESSA State Plan Development

Letters from the CDE to local educational agencies (LEAs):

  • October 12, 2017: Educational Stability Requirements for Students in Foster Care
  • May 11, 2017: Public Comment Period for Draft of California's ESSA State Plan
  • February 22, 2017: Federal Funding to Support Arts Education
    (updated on 31-Aug-17 to address minor typographical errors)
  • May 6, 2016: 2016–17 Data Collection Changes for California's New Accountability and Continuous Improvement System

Evidence-Based Interventions Under the ESSA

ESSA 2016–17 School Year Transition Plan

CDE ESSA Listserv Archive

CDE ESSA Presentations

California Practitioners Advisory Group


U.S. Department of Education Correspondence and Resources

U.S. Department of Education (ED) ESSA Web Page External link opens in new window or tab.

ESSA Guidance

ESSA Final Regulations

Assessment Final Regulations

Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting Final Regulations External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF; Dated 28-Nov-2016)

ESSA Proposed Regulations

Supplement, Not Supplant under Title I Proposed Regulations External link opens in new window or tab. (Dated 06-Sep-2016)

Title I, Part A: Assessments Proposed Regulations External link opens in new window or tab. (The final version of this set of regulations is available above, under "ESSA Final Regulations")
Title I, Part B: Innovative Assessment Pilot Proposed Regulations External link opens in new window or tab. (The final version of this set of regulations is available above, under "ESSA Final Regulations")

Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting Proposed Regulations External link opens in new window or tab. (The final version of this set of regulations is available above, under "ESSA Final Regulations")

Letters from ED

Questions:   ESSA Team | ESSA@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0843
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
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  • CDE Waiver Request Letter (added 10-Oct-2018)
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    Letter from the Secretary of Education Betsy De Vos regarding approval of the Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan.