School Climate in ESSA State Plans

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In December 2015, Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces No Child Left Behind. DSC members were actively engaged in the crafting of ESSA, which includes several important provisions relating to school climate and discipline. States are now in the process of developing their ESSA plans to submit to the U.S. Department of Education on April 3 or September 18, 2017. Plans are effective beginning in the 2017-18 school year. ESSA requires states to collect community input as they develop their plans.

Below are tools that DSC has developed that parents, students, educators, advocates and other stakeholders can use in advocacy around their state accountability systems and plans.

School Climate in State Accountability Systems and Plans

Measuring the School Climate Indicator in State Plans

Checklist for State Plans

Scorecard Template for State Plans