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.
Please download and share this stakeholder toolkit with your communities to communicate about the ESSA State Plan for Illinois:
ISBE held a brief webinar about the recently submitted ESSA State Plan. After more than 100 stakeholder meetings and 15 months of work, ISBE submitted the Illinois ESSA State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education on April 3. The plan can be found above. The webinar discusses the substance of the ESSA State Plan for Illinois and next steps for this work.
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 ESSA listening tours. ISBE is using feedback collected from these tours to help develop Illinois’ state plan for the new law.
US Dept of Ed Resources
US Department of Education
Bill Summary and Bill Review by Title
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