NYSSBA Statement on NYS Draft Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan

FOR RELEASE: May 8, 2017

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell


After nearly a year working as a part of the ESSA think tank, NYSSBA is pleased to have a full draft of the state plan for review. 

Now that the ideas and input of the think tank and stakeholders have been compiled, we must consider the specific proposals advanced by the department, and  whether districts have the authority and resources to implement what is proposed. 

The goal of the plan should be to support and encourage schools as they work toward these goals, rather than to punish and humiliate those that do not achieve them. 

We look forward to providing more feedback during the public comment period, in order to ensure that the plan empowers and supports school boards as they work to improve student achievement.



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