ESSA Support Site

The purpose of this website is to provide a repository of tools and resources to support the work aligned to Iowa's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan.

Background Information: The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed in 2015, replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. It maintains a focus on equity for all students, while giving states and local school districts much more ownership over systems of school accountability and support. In Iowa, ESSA has been a great opportunity to build on bold education improvements under way that align with ESSA requirements, including clear and rigorous standards for what students should know and be able to do, a school accountability system that targets support where and when schools need it most, and a structure for professional learning that emphasizes teacher leadership and evidence-based practices.

Using this Support Site: The resources on this site are aligned with the required and optional school improvement components for schools in Iowa's ESSA Plan. Iowa's school improvement framework can be seen below. Website sections include the ESSA Timeline, ESSA Data Review, Self Assessment of MTSS Implementation, Online Modules, Universal Instruction, Intervention System, Action Planning, Communication, and Resources.

On these pages, you will find things like protocols, guides, supporting documentation, talking points, and professional learning tools. Use the tabs/links at the top of the page to navigate to each section of the site. Many of these resources will be used during online, regional, and site-based sessions over the next few years. This site provides educators with a central location for accessing these resources that have been developed through Collaborating for Iowa's Kids (C4K). It will continue to be added to over time. It may be helpful to bookmark this page so you can easily come back to it.