On Dec. 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This reauthorization, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replaces the previous version of the law enacted in 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act.
The ESSA requires all states to have a plan for education that addresses major federal requirements. South Dakota’s state plan was developed over the course of more than a year, with input from stakeholders across the state, including educators, parents, students, legislators, tribal representatives, representatives of higher education and others. The U.S. Department of Education approved South Dakota’s state plan on Jan. 16, 2018.
- **NEW** Proposed State Plan Amendment
- To submit public comment, email DOE.Accountability@state.sd.us or
- Send public comment via regular mail to: South Dakota Department of Education, Attention: Jordan Varilek, 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501
- Deadline to submit public comment: Jan. 24, 2020, 5 p.m. CT
- 2019 Approved State Plan
- Proposed State Plan As Amended (March 1, 2019)
- Approved State Plan (as amended June 18, 2018)
- Summary of State Plan (Jan. 18, 2018)
Historical information about the development of South Dakota's state plan can be found on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)/Development of the State Plan webpage.
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