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ESSA Analysis * ESSA presentations * ESSA Resources

ESSA and Students with Disabilities

The planning and initial implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—which will take place over the next two years—requires attention from those who advocate on behalf of students with disabilities. ESSA requires states to engage in "timely and meaningful consultation" with stakeholders in both the planning stage as well as implementation.

Ensuring that students with disabilities are treated equitably under ESSA must be a top priority as this new law is implemented. The impact that ESSA will have on students with disabilities will depend in large part on the involvement and scrutiny advocates give to the development of their state accountability systems and state plans.

*** Find out what's happening in your state on ESSA planning: Understanding ESSA :: Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation :: National Down Syndrome Congress ***

The Advocacy Institute and the National Down Syndrome Congress have prepared the following analyses* and comments of several draft state ESSA consolidated plans. Analyses may be reprinted in whole or part with attribution.

*Please note: These analyses have been prepared over the past several months and do not necessarily reflect the significant changes made to ESSA through the Congressional action to withdraw the federal regulations governing Accountability, State Plans and Data Reporting which occurred on March 9, 2017. The changes are reflected in documents released by the US Dept. of Education on March 13, 2017.

Learn more about key ESSA provisions in this Webinar conducted June 15, 2017 for the Assoc. of University Centers on Disability.

Analyze your state plan using our ESSA State Plan Review Guide & Advocacy Tips (PDF, 22 pgs)

STATES THAT SUBMITTED PLANS TO USED ON APRIL 3, 2017 (all submitted plans available here) (FAQ on initial letters to states available here)



Connecticut (See plan status)

Delaware 1st Draft :: Final Draft (See plan status)


Louisiana (See submitted plan and status)




Nevada (Analysis of State Plan Request (Submitted) (See plan status)

New Jersey (See plan status)

New Mexico (Analysis of State Plan Request (Submitted) (See plan status)

Oregon March draft :: April Draft (See plan status)

Tennessee (See plan status)


California (First Draft)

Florida (First Draft)

Georgia (First Draft)

Indiana (First Draft)

Maryland (First Draft) (Second Draft)

Mississippi (First Draft)

Missouri (First Draft)

New Hampshire (First Draft)

New York (First Draft)

North Carolina (First Draft) (Third Draft)

Ohio (First Draft)

Oklahoma (Second Draft)

South Carolina (First Draft)

Washington (First Draft)

Wisconsin (First Draft)

Wyoming (First Draft)


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