The Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Reauthorization of ESEA:  Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

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On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Previously referred to as No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the newly reauthorized ESEA is being referred to as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This new law makes many changes to key programs that we administer.  States, however, will be given a transition period to work through these changes, with much of the new law going into effect in the 2017-18 school year. We will continue to review the law in depth and will keep you posted on new information as we move forward.


Every Student Succeeds Act

ESSA Online Feedback FormESSA Implementation Online Feedback Form


New Items of Interest

September 9, 2016

U.S. Department of Education proposed Supplement not Supplant regulation (public comments are due by November 7)

August 3, 2016

2016-17 FINAL ESEA Formula Allocations - Titles I, II, and III

July 28, 2016

DPI response to proposed ESSA regulations

July 13, 2016

 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Title I, Part A
 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Title I, Part B
 Fact Sheet for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Title I, Part A and Part B

June 23, 2016

2016-17 Preliminary ESEA Formula Allocations - Title II, Part A

May 26, 2016

ESSA Listening Session Registration

May 26, 2016

U.S. Department of Education Proposed ESSA regulations related to accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions

May 17, 2016

Evers schedules ESSA listening sessions, appoints Equity Council (News Release)

May 4, 2016

2016-17 Preliminary ESEA Formula Allocations - Title I, Parts A and D

March 17, 2016

McKinney-Vento Guidance released in the Federal Register

February 23, 2016

Evers ESSA Hearing Testimony (e-mail to District Administrators)

February 19, 2016

FTE Associated with ESEA Programs in 2016

The above link summarizes the impact of ESSA on FTE at ED associated with ESEA programs in 2016.  ESSA consolidated a number of programs and projects and required the department to report the number of full-time equivalent employees who worked on programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act before it was reauthorized.  The report linked above fulfills this reporting requirement.   

February 5, 2016

Full Text of ESEA, as amended by ESSA now available

January 21, 2016

Wisconsin Response to U.S. Department of Education's Request for Information related to Title I (see December 18 post, below)

January 5, 2016

Summary of the Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) (e-mail to District Administrators)

December 21, 2015

Wisconsin's FINAL ESEA Formula Carryover from 2014-15

December 18, 2015

Request for Information related to Title I now available

December 10, 2015

Evers Statement on ESEA Reauthorization

Narrative Summary

Full Text of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

U.S. Department of Education's ESSA web page

Reauthorization of ESEA (e-mail to District Administrators)

October 8, 2015

Public Notice of Intent to Seek Waiver - AMAO 3

August 27, 2015

2015-16 Final ESEA Formula Allocations - Title I, II, and III


For questions about this information, contact Mary Jo Christiansen (608) 266-2158