Summaries of States’ ESSA Accountability Plans

Memo • April 2017 • By Krista Kaput

On April 3, 2017, fourteen states and D.C. submitted their draft ESSA state accountability plans, to either USDE or their governor. This memo contains one-page summaries of each state’s plan, focusing on four primary areas or “big decisions” that ESSA requires each state to address. Those areas are:

  1. The “Fifth Indicator” of school quality or student success (SQ/SS) they will use
  2. The other indicators they will use and the weights for each in the accountability system
  3. How they will assign an overall rating to schools
  4. How they will handle the ninety-five percent student assessment participation requirement