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The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law December 10, 2015, reauthorizing the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act and revising many provisions of what was known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act is the United States’ national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

  • ESSA provides Louisiana with an opportunity to collaborate with educators, parents, business and community leaders to create an improved K-12 education system that provides all students with equal access and opportunity to high-quality learning.
  • Under federal law, the State Education Agency is responsible for creating and submitting a plan that complies with ESSA and with applicable laws and rules in Louisiana. The Department of Education thus creates the plan, but only BESE creates the rules, regulations, and policies that make the plan effective.
  • Louisiana received approval of its plan from the USDOE on August 15, 2017.
  • In October 2017, BESE incorporated Louisiana’s ESSA plan into state policies.

For details on the plan development process and stakeholder engagement opportunities, please view the files below.


General Materials

ESSA Accountability Plan Summary Download
Louisiana's ESSA Plan Update Fall 2018 Download
Louisiana's ESSA State Plan Download
Louisiana's Draft ESSA State Plan Download
Louisiana's New Growth Measure Download
ESSA Draft Framework 2.0 Download
ESSA Draft Framework 1.0 Download
ESSA Listening Tour Report Download
ESSA Overview Download
ESSA Timeline Download
B111 Proposed Regulations Download
B118 Proposed Regulations Download
B741 Proposed Regulations Download
2020-2021 Louisiana Accountability Waiver Download
USDOE Response to Louisiana Accountability Waiver for 2020-2021 Download
Louisiana Amendment Approval Letter 12.20.19 Download
LA State Plan Amendment Response Letter 3.7.22 Download
LA State Plan Amendment Letter 6.29.22 Download


Stakeholder Engagement Meetings

ESSA Stakeholder Meetings Download
ESSA Superintendent Collaboration Presentation Download
Principal Town Hall Meeting 10-10-16 Presentation Download
ESSA School Support Personnel Meeting Attendees Download
ESSA Spring 2017 Accountability Briefings Download
ESSA Spring 2017 Students with Disabilities Community Meetings Download
Fall 2016 ESSA Listening Tour Download
Summer 2016 ESSA Listening Tour Download
ESSA Summer Engagement Meetings Download


Plan Feedback

ESSA Plan Feedback Download
USDOE Louisiana ESSA Plan Feedback Letter Download


Advisory Councils

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Advisory Council Overview Download
Accountability Commission Overview Download
2022 Accountability Council- Agenda 07.25.2022 Download
Special Education Advisory Panel (SEAP) Overview Download