The first Governor’s ESSA Advisory Committee met last night. The first draft will be released to the committee in October and the second draft will be released in December. The final submission is due to US DOE in March 2017. Delaware has chosen to submit their plan in the first round which is in March, Delaware could have selected a July date but decided against it. Delaware selected the March date for a number of reasons – one being there is a 120 day window from when states submit their plan and US DOE responds back. Delaware thought it would be better to submit early so they could make any corrections or updates before the beginning of the next school year 2017-2018. If we waited until July to submit the plan, the response from US DOE would not be until November, the school year has already begun. The incoming president could delay the implementation of the states’ plan.
One interesting note: The advisory group will not be voting on the plan – just advising.