Supt. Juneau asks for input on act

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau today released Montana’s draft state plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act or ESSA. Juneau sent one copy to the governor for his review. The plan is also available online at http://opi.mt.gov/ESSA/Index.html
“It’s exciting that Montanans now have a seat at the table in determining what our public schools should emphasize, and how we can support students and educators grow,” Supt. Juneau said. “The last thing I want to see in Montana is No Child Left Behind 2.0, which is why we’re working to include the voices of educators, parents, and school leaders in developing Montana’s state plan.”
On Dec.10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, reauthorizing the Elementary/Secondary Education Act of 1965. States have been operating under the guidance of the No Child Left Behind reauthorization since 2007. ESSA redirects former NCLB requirements in giving states the ability to develop their own accountability plans. ESSA also places a stronger emphasis on child wellbeing and recognizes there are many ways to measure performance.
Montana’s state plan will continue to build on the successes of our public schools by continuing to raise graduation rates, improve teaching, learning and student achievement, identify and support schools of greatest need, and improve non-academic student outcomes in all of Montana’s public schools.
In March, Supt. Juneau appointed a group of educators, parents and school leaders from across the state to begin the work of developing Montana’s state plan. The group has met four times.
The public comment period is open through Dec. 16. Supt. Juneau will submit Montana’s plan to the U.S. Department of Education on Dec. 23.

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