The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on Dec. 10, 2015.
This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years and ongoing efforts to improve educational opportunities for all students in Illinois.
The majority of the law does takes effect in 2017-18, with implementation occurring over the next year. ISBE staff reviewed the nuances of the 1,000-page law and engaged stakeholder involvement throughout this process.
On March 15, 2017, the Illinois State Board of Education adopted the ESSA State Plan for Illinois.
The information below is organized into individual documents. All documents are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.
ISBE ESSA Listening Tours
ISBE developed an action plan in order to gather insight from stakeholders as the agency develops a state plan for Illinois. ISBE's action plan highlighted two complementary ideas:
- To provide stakeholders general information about the law.
- To listen to what educators and others in the field value and believe is good for all children in Illinois as well as to take note of their concerns as the state plan is developed.
Information collected from these documents will contribute to the agency’s creation of the state plan. If you have any additional comments, please send them to
Thank you to all those that participated in the first and second ESSA listening tours. ISBE is using feedback collected from these tours to help develop Illinois’ state plan for the new law.
Illinois Statewide Listening Tour Round 3 - November - December 2016
The Illinois State Board of Education, with assistance from Regional Offices of Education, has scheduled a third listening tour to collect feedback on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
A series of meetings will be held across the state to provide overview information on ESSA and allow participants to engage in a group discussion regarding the ESSA State Plan. The second draft of the plan has been released and is posted above. Comments may be sent to
firstname.lastname@example.org and are due by December 27.
US Dept of Ed Resources
US Department of Education
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