Ohio's ESSA Plan
Released for Comment
The Ohio Department of
Education released its plan for
implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Feb. 2, 2017, and ends
its one-year-long stakeholder engagement/planning process. ODE, in its
effort to remain responsive to concerned Ohioans, has opened a comment period
found here until March 6, 2017. ODE has announced
that following the comment period the final signed plan of Ohio
regulations will be submitted to the new Secretary of Education, Betsy
DeVos, by April 3, 2017.
ESSA, signed by President Obama into law in 2015, replaces the No
Child Left Behind Act of 2003 by President George W. Bush. Major components
of NCLB and ESSA including Title I regulations originated in 1965 under
the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965
(ESEA) passed by President Johnson. ESEA was a part
of President Johnson's "War on
Poverty" agenda and
first ever declaration that each child in our country deserves and shall
receive a quality education regardless of zip code.
A persistent impetus to offer free quality education to all
citizens has been the goal of 3 major iterations of federal
education policies (ESEA in 1965, NCLB of 2003 and ESSA of 2015) under
10 presidents (from President Johnson to President Trump) for more than
Locally, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District envisions
an educational system that ensures every child’s opportunity to succeed
and that every neighborhood in Cleveland has great schools. We expected
ESSA to significantly propel us forward in this goal. ESSA is an
opportunity to considerately redress the deficiencies of past major
policies and influence practices that enrich the value of Ohio's workforce.
Any plan that falls short of these ideals misses the window for this
generation of learners.
During the next few days our ESSA work group will review all parts of
the 118 page plan to determine if the current draft maintains the
federal goals and supports the Cleveland Plan for transforming local
schools. We will continue to advocate our guiding principles, as stated
in our Policy Newsletter
Vol. 3, for comments
on the state plan:
1. ESSA should not be a re-implementation of NCLB under a
2. ESSA should create clarity and transparency for matters of K-12
education for students, parents and educators.
3. ESSA should utilize measures that reflect and encourage the efforts of and
improvements by schools.
4. ESSA should facilitate, not burden, local school districts.
5. ESSA should institute rules that are best for students, not just for
Our advocacy efforts for ESSA and all other policies support
initiatives that move our schools closer to the goal of graduating
more Cleveland students prepared for both career and college.
Photos Courtesy of
the George Gund Foundation.