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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.


At the April 2018, California State Board of Education meeting the Board approved a revised version of California’s ESSA State Plan based on feedback from the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in Item 1 of the agenda. In June 2018, California received additional feedback from the ED.

California ESSA State Plan - January 2018 Version Submitted

Please note that the two versions listed below provide identical content, but are displayed using two different formats. The "ESSA State Plan (Accessible) - January 2018 Version" is compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and uses custom tags to show content updates for better accessibility. The "ESSA State Plan (Tracked Changes) - January 2018 Version" uses the Track Changes feature to show content updates of the document as requested by the ED for resubmission of the ESSA State Plan.

ED ESSA State Plan Feedback Letter - December 2017 External link opens in new window or tab.

California ESSA State Plan - September 2017 Version (DOC; 1MB; Updated 19-Oct-2017)
(Note: This document was updated to correct errors in section references)
After 18 months of developing the ESSA Consolidated State Plan with extensive outreach to, and input from, California's education stakeholders, California submitted the plan to the ED on Friday, September 15, 2017. Please see Governor Edmund G. Brown's cover letter (PDF) to the plan and News Release #17-60 announcing the approval by the State Board of Education to submit the plan to ED.

California ESSA State Plan Drafts

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: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
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  • ED ESSA State Plan Feedback Letter – June 2018 (added 12-Jun-2018)
    Letter from the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education regarding the Consolidated State Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).