Stand for Children is proud to join 25 civil rights organizations cosigning a letter to Secretary of Education Betsey DeVos calling for a thorough review of accountability plans submitted by states to the Department of Education.
Under the policy outlined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), every school must submit a plan and goals for how they are going to make sure each of their students is prepared for success. These plans must also explain how the state will hold schools and districts responsible for meeting the goals. A state’s ESSA plan is a commitment to ensuring that all students, especially minority students, special education students, and English Language Learners, are reaching their full potential.
The Department of Education has a responsibility to review these plans carefully to ensure that states’ plans are following and upholding all the important aspects of ESSA. Parents and communities send children to school every day with the expectation that that school is doing its job and preparing their children for future success, and ESSA protects students by holding states and schools accountable.
The letter cosigned by Stand calls on Secretary DeVos and the Department of Education to conduct a robust and thorough review of these state plans, making sure that they outline goals and strategies to serve every student, regardless of unique challenges, backgrounds, and abilities.
To find out more about what ESSA requires from state plans and to see what Stand is calling on Secretary DeVos to do, read the letter here.