General Comments

Background
On December 10, 2015, the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law. 

States were freed from their No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waiver agreements and given the responsibility to develop state plans to support education.

ESSA significantly scaled back the authority of the Secretary of Education and U.S. Department of Education. Though ESSA gave states additional authority and flexibility over their education system, wholesale flexibility was not granted and statutory requirements vary in specificity from issue-to-issue. 

Georgia has sought out maximum flexibility while creating a cohesive and aligned plan that is responsive to stakeholder feedback and supports our vision of offering a holistic education to each and every child in the state.

Georgia Department of Education has worked to prepare for the development and implementation of the updated requirements in Georgia public schools.

Gathering Stakeholder Feedback
To fully understand the needs of all school children and their families within our state, the agency held eight public listening sessions throughout Georgia, captured public comments in an online survey and created a State Advisory Committee, and State Working Committees, to ensure we created a plan by Georgians for Georgians.

These initial feedback sessions and surveys were centered around five working committees devoted to different areas of public education in the state:

 - Accountability,
 - Assessment,
 - Education of the Whole Child,
 - Educator and Leader Development, and
 - Federal Programs to Support School Improvement.

Gathering Your Feedback on Georgia's State ESSA Plan
Based on the feedback and work of the committees, the Georgia Department of Education is excited to share the draft of our state consolidated plan and invite you to offer your comments on this draft plan.

To offer your comments, please complete all of the questions on this page. The items on the next page ask for comments on the different sections of Georgia's State ESSA Plan. You may complete all or any combination of section questions. The second page of questions are not required to make a submission.

We thank you for taking the time to review Georgia’s draft State ESSA Plan and providing your comments.

* 1. Which of these describe your affiliation? (Choose all that apply.)

Click here to read the draft of Georgia's State ESSA Plan

* 3. Overall, Georgia's State ESSA Plan is a good fit for Georgia's students.

* 4. Georgia's State ESSA Plan is an improvement from No Child Left Behind.

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