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PRDE Submits its ESSA State Plan to U.S. Department of Education

The Puerto Rico Department of Education submitted today the state’s plan, as approved by the Secretary of Education, Julia B. Keleher, to the U.S. Department of Education for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  Puerto Rico’s ESSA Plan specifies, to the federal government, key aspects of Puerto Rico’s education policy framework and reflects engagement with parents, students, educators, and private sector and community leaders, as well as the governor, Senate and Legislature.

 

Puerto Rico’s ESSA plan addresses several key areas, such as:

  • Academic Content Standards and Assessments – The plan reflects Puerto Rico’s current academic content standards, including a thorough and ongoing review of the standards. The plan will accommodate any assessment changes that may be adopted as long as federal requirements are met;
  • Accountability– The plan reflects the current report card, as required by state law, with changes that more appropriately recognize improvement and gap closing.
  • School Improvement– The plan includes strategies that support districts and schools in planning and goal setting and assists struggling schools with implementing improved strategies; and
  • Educator Effectiveness – Puerto Rico will support local schools’ and districts’ efforts to ensure access by all students to effective teachers and school leaders.

 

As Puerto Rico waits for final approval of its ESSA application, the Department will work with districts and schools to begin implementation during the 2017-2018 school year.

The PRDE requested and received input from thousands of puertorricans since fall 2016.The Department engaged parents, students, educators, and private sector and community leaders, as well as the governor, Senate and Legislature services. These individuals worked in issue-specific workgroups to help create strategies supporting improvement for all students and schools.

ESSA, which replaced the No Child Left Behind Act, requires states to clearly articulate their plans for using federal funds to ensure accountability for all students, create safe and supportive learning environments, encourage innovation and extended learning opportunities, and more.