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Every Student Succeeds Act

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.

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.