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Colorado submits academic plan to U.S. Department of Education

Following more than a year of meetings and discussion, the state’s Department of Education has submitted its plan on how Colorado will implement the federally mandated Every Student Succeeds Act to the U.S. Department of Education.

The ESSA was signed into law in December 2015 and each state is required to develop individual strategies for how it would be executed. The state Board of Education unanimously approved its plan in mid-April and Gov. John Hickenlooper signed it this past Friday.

The law represented a shift form extensive federal oversight of primary and secondary education under the previous No Child Left Behind regulation. The intent of the transition was to provide states more flexibility and decision-making at the local level. For the past decade, Colorado was already incorporating many ESSA requirements like rigorous standards, an assessment that measures student success, as well as fair evaluations for educators.

“As we submit our plan, we remain committed to protecting the students who have been chronically underserved in our state,” Gov. Hickenlooper said in a statement. “We look forward to continuing the conversation with key partners to create a more equitable system for every student in Colorado and ensure that every student is college and career ready.”

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