ESSA Plan Development

The Puerto Rico Department of Education is developing its State Plan for implementation in the academic year 2017-2018…

March 9, 2017

Next 7 of April, the Puerto Rico Department of Education (PRDE) will invite the general public to participate of a survey related to the development of the ESSA Plan…

March 2 & 3, 2017

The Puerto Rico Department of Education engaged its Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for consultation over the Consolidated ESSA State Plan and for discussion over the federal regulation that is to be considered.


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) on December 10, 2015 and will be fully operational in school year 2017-18. ESSA reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which is the nation's education law and a lasting commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

The previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002. NCLB represented a significant step forward for our nation’s children in many respects, particularly as it shined a light on where students were making progress and where they needed additional support, regardless of race, income, zip code, disability, home language, or background. The law was scheduled for revision in 2007, and, over time, NCLB’s prescriptive requirements became increasingly unworkable for schools and educators. Recognizing this fact, in 2010, the Obama administration joined a call from educators and families to create a better law that focused on the clear goal of fully preparing all students for success in college and careers.

PRDE ESSA Implementation Timeline