ODE Should WAIT Until September to Submit Ohio's ESSA Plan!

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According to the Ohio Department of Education's (ODE) website, “the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is a long awaited overhaul of federal education law. ESSA represents a shift from broad federal oversight of primary and secondary education to greater flexibility and decision-making at the state and local levels. The law is committed to involving educators, parents and other stakeholders to explore new ways to ensure that all our students receive the education they need for bright futures.”

In 2017, thousands of Ohioans attended ESSA Stakeholder meetings across the state, participated in Webinars, and completed surveys, and the majority of their responses recommended that Ohio's ESSA Plan cut back significantly on the amount of time children spend on state-mandated standardized testing.

The Ohio Department of Education recently released its draft state ESSA plan. The draft ignores much of the feedback from educators, parents and other stakeholders, and ODE is rushing to submit the plan before the first deadline of April 3rd.

People urged ODE leaders to correct the draft to reflect stakeholder input and then submit the plan to the federal government on September 18th. On March 13th, the Ohio Department of Education, in response to stakeholder feedback, anounced a delay in its submission of the ESSA plan until September in order to address the concerns that were raised.



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