Destination Imagination as a part of a Well-Rounded Education
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and a Well-Rounded Education
“President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law in December 2015, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). ESSA reflects the civil rights tradition of ESEA, which reflects our nation’s long-standing commitment to equity of opportunity for all students. The new law has a clear goal of ensuring our education system prepares every child to graduate from high school ready to thrive in college and careers.” (Non-Regulatory Guidance: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants, October 2016, page 4)
The ESSA authorized new funding under Title IV, Part A – the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program. This funding is intended to help states (State educational agencies – SEAs), school districts (local education agencies – LEAs), and schools meet the three goals described in ESSA:
1. Ensure all students receive a well-rounded education
2. Create school conditions that are conducive to student learning
3. Use technology to increase the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students
In Indiana – What is Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)?
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015. It reauthorizes the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was previously reauthorized as No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
The Indiana Department of Education is currently in the process of determining how the requirements of ESSA will translate into state education practice: which state practices will evolve as a result of ESSA, and which will remain the same. As a part of this work, the state remains committed to its mission of building an education system of equity and high quality that is focused on student-centered accountability.
Required State Plan Components
The Every Student Succeeds Act requires all participating states to submit a state plan for review by the United State Department of Education. The state ESSA plan must include details regarding the following required components:
- Challenging State Academic Standards
- Academic Assessments
- Statewide Accountability Systems
- School Support and Improvement Activities
Here is the link for Indiana ESSA: Click Here