Every Student Succeeds Act
Federal Education Law Reauthorized in December 2015
Significance of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for Gifted Education:
IAGC Advocacy Efforts in Connection with ESSA:
Federal Legislator Briefings, Washington, DC (Winter 2016; Winter 2017): IAGC encouraged legislators to increase funding for Javits grants and influence the U.S. Department of Education's ESSA rule-making and guidance process to highlight the Title I and II provisions supporting gifted and talented students.
Thank you to our U.S. Senators from Illinois, Senator Dick Durbin and Senator Tammy Duckworth, for co-signing the bipartisan Grassley-Casey letter in support of continued funding for the highly effective Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program in 2018!
ESSA Gifted Education Policy Brief for ISBE (Spring 2016): IAGC worked with the Untapped Potential Project to co-sponsor and submit the Gifted Education Policy Brief to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Testimony was incorporated into ISBE’s compiled report (posted online and distributed to legislators).
ISBE Listening Tours (Spring-Fall 2016): IAGC representatives attended and spoke at all three rounds of meetings conducted by ISBE throughout the state to gather feedback about ESSA goals.
Congressional Hearings (Summer-Fall 2016): IAGC submitted written testimony and attended two House Education Committee hearings on ESSA to emphasize the importance of ensuring that all students, including those of high-ability, are accounted for in the new state plan.
State Accountability Plan Development (Summer 2016-Spring 2017):
ESSA Plan Status and Timeline:
ISBE submitted the Illinois ESSA State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education on April 3, 2017. The 2017-18 school year will be a transition year, with full ESSA implementation taking place in 2018.
IAGC ESSA Accountability Recommendations: