The ESSA Consolidated Plan
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The ESSA Consolidated Plan

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What is ESSA and the Consolidated Plan?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on December 10, 2015. It is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA will be fully operational in school year 2017-18.

The ESSA Consolidated Plan draft is the planning document that outlines how Washington will implement the law. The plan outlines six core concepts in Washington’s plan to help every student succeed, and provides details on what we will do to ensure student and educator success.

  1. Long Term Goals and Measurement of Interim Progress looks at three key areas for students: academic achievement, graduation rate, and English language proficiency, and identifies the goals and steps necessary to achieve those goals.
  2. Consultation and Coordination describes how OSPI and other stakeholders, including the public, worked together to develop the Plan.
  3. Challenging Academic Standards and Academic Assessments illustrates the state education standards in mathematics, English language arts, and other disciplines. It shows the assessment systems used in Washington state and explains how our students will be career and college-ready through application of the standards and assessment processes.
  4. Accountability, Support, and Improvement for Schools defines key thresholds for schools – in academic achievement, graduation rates, English language proficiency, school quality, and other measures. It outlines the support that will be provided to schools when necessary.
  5. Supporting Excellent Educators defines what it takes to be an excellent educator and describes the professional development and other supports offered to educators in Washington state.
  6. Supporting All Students describes how all students in our state will have access to a fair, equitable, and high-quality education. It addresses the academic and non-academic needs of subgroups of students, and how the state will collect and use data to ensure a well-rounded and supportive education for all students.

Read the ESSA draft Consolidated Plan.

How can I learn more about ESSA?

Our resources page has:

  • Summary documents in nine languages.
  • Flyers that address big changes in education.
  • Videos and presentations on the Plan.
  • The full text of the plan.
  • The recommendations approved by the State Superintendent that make up the Consolidated Plan.

Interested in digging even deeper? Check out our district resources page.

One-page handouts

One-page handouts to help communicate ESSA

How do I make my voice heard?

The first round of public comment for the ESSA draft Consolidated Plan has closed as of February 15, 2017. After OSPI’s ESSA teams reconvene and make changes based on the feedback, there will be another round of feedback in the spring.

Who created the ESSA Consolidated Plan?

The ESSA Consolidated Plan is the result of a nearly yearlong collaborative effort between OSPI and hundreds of stakeholders, including parents, districts from across the state, higher education institutions, tribes, other state agencies, educational organizations, and members of the Legislature. The stakeholders split into workgroups, whose progress and work has been catalogued below.

ESSA Workgroups

The OSPI ESSA Leadership Team is OSPI Deputy’s Leadership Team is Michaela Miller, Gayle Pauley, Gil Mendoza, Doug Gill, Michael Merrin, Deb Came, Maria Flores, Paula Moore, and Sue Anderson.

ESSA Consolidated Plan Team
See how these groups work together in the Organizational Chart for ESSA Consolidated Plan.

Teams and Workgroups – This document outlines the purpose and duties of various teams and workgroups convened under the ESSA Consolidated Plan process.




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Except where otherwise noted, the Washington ESSA Consolidated Plan developed by the by Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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