ESSA Update - December 14, 2016

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December 14, 2016

Minnesota will submit State Plan in September 2017

Last month, the U.S. Department of Education (USED) released final regulations on accountability, state plans and data reporting for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act that push back several key dates for implementation. These changes impact the development of Minnesota’s state plan under the law. Most notably is that states have until the 2018-19 school year to begin identifying schools for support and improvement. The dates for submitting state plans for approval have also changed. We will prepare our draft plan for the September 2017 submission date, which will allow for additional stakeholder engagement and community outreach. USED has created a helpful summary of the final regulations. Information about ongoing engagement around the development of our state plan will be available on our ESSA webpage

Regional Meetings Report

In October and November, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and staff from MDE hosted regional meetings in Duluth, Bemidji, Marshall, Rochester, St. Cloud and Burnsville to give stakeholders the opportunity to learn about ESSA, share feedback and ask questions. We learned a lot at these meetings! The Regional Meetings Report includes highlights of overall themes on everything from equity to testing to what it means to provide a well-rounded education to every child.

In the Community: highlights from December 3 meeting with paraprofessionals

Staff from MDE met with paraprofessionals from multiple school districts to hear their ideas on the ESSA state plan. Participants passionately described the hard work they do on the front lines of education. Some key themes MDE staff heard included:

  • Paraprofessionals are professionals, and the role needs to be seen as such.
  • Paraprofessionals need to be part of district and building level teams.
  • Paraprofessionals can contribute to the diversity of a building.

MDE will use this and other guidance to review paraprofessional requirements as part of the ESSA state plan.

Look for it in the next issue...

  • Stakeholder engagement update.
  • More meeting highlights.
  • New state plan timeline.

See you in 2017!