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Torlakson Announces Release of Draft ESSA State Plan, Invites Public Comment

June 5, 2017

On May 22, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the release of California’s draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan, and invited public comment.

ESSA is the new federal law passed in December 2015 that governs U.S. education policy for kindergarten through grade twelve. States are required to submit plans to the U.S. Department of Education that describe how they will meet various federal goals.

California released its draft State Plan online at the California Department of Education’s (CDE) Draft ESSA State Plan Public Comment Toolkit Web page. The page includes the entire draft of the ESSA State Plan split into sections, videos that summarize each plan section, and a public comment survey to gather feedback on the draft plan. The toolkit also contains a facilitator guide for groups that want to host their own local stakeholder events on the plan.

Comments, questions, recommendations, or other correspondence concerning California’s ESSA State Plan can be submitted to the CDE by e-mail at The public comment period runs from May 22 to June 30, and all interested members of the public are encouraged to submit input.

Source:  California Department of Education

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