Oct 05, 2016

Meetings to Receive Feedback on Draft Framework and Proposed Solutions to State's Top Challenges

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana Department of Education today announced a schedule of public meetings this fall to discuss feedback on its recently released draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) framework. In the meetings, Department staff will review the proposed approaches to overcoming Louisiana's education challenges outlined in the framework, and receive feedback on what updates need to be made prior to the Department drafting the state's full ESSA plan this winter.

These public meetings continue the Department's year-long process of engaging in dialogue with educators, parents, community, civic and business leaders and advocate groups on the opportunities available through ESSA for student and schools in Louisiana, in order to draft the state's final plan. Conversations on ESSA began in early June, and have continued throughout the summer with over 200 organizations and more 1,000 individuals sharing their thoughts and ideas with the Department.

The schedule of public meetings and locations being held to discuss the draft ESSA framework is listed below. All district and school leaders, teachers, parents, business leaders, civic and community leaders, and advocacy groups are encouraged to attend these meetings and share their feedback with the Department. All interested parties are also welcome to submit feedback on the plan directly to

ESSA Fall-Winter Calendar

Following a year-long development process, the Department will submit a final draft of its plan to the U.S. Department of Education in 2017. The Department hopes to have the plan approved prior to the start of the 2017-2018 school year so that educators and parents start the year with clear expectations for student and school performance.

For more information on Louisiana's ESSA plan, please visit the Department's website here. Please send all feedback on the framework to

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