Consolidated State Plans

With the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) through the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), states have an opportunity to reflect on their overall vision and goals for education and determine how to best support that vision to achieve their goals. Collaborating with a broad range of stakeholders, states are carefully considering different elements of their education systems, including standards, assessments, and accountability systems, as part of a comprehensive strategy to advance college- and career-readiness for all students. States will articulate their visions and goals in the consolidated state plans or individual program state plans they provide on two possible submission dates – April 3, 2017 or September 18, 2017. Consistent with the requirements of the ESEA, as amended by ESSA, the U.S. Department of Education will conduct a peer review process of submitted State plans after each of the two submission dates. Information on when States will be submitting State plans can be found here. At any time, a State may decide to submit its State plan on the other submission date.

This Spotlight includes links to each states’ draft state plans (if available), information and key resources regarding the development of state plans, and information on how states have involved stakeholders during the development process. Information is current as of February 18, 2017.

Consolidated State Plan Overview

The final regulations to implement provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) regarding school accountability, data reporting, and state plans, give states the flexibility, and responsibility, to think holistically about how to improve educational outcomes for all students while helping to ensure access to a well-rounded education. The final regulations:

  • Require  consultation with a diverse, representative group of stakeholders at multiple points during the design, development, and implementation of a consolidated state plan
  • Reinforce the ESSA’s emphasis on equitable access for all students
  • Ask states to describe their strategies to support and develop excellent educators, including efforts to enhance and expand their systems of professional development, retention, and advancement.
  • Integrate “Educator Equity Plans” into the consolidated application, to operationalize the ESSA’s requirement that low-income and minority students in title I schools not be taught at higher rates by ineffective, out-of-field, or inexperienced teachers.

States have begun to develop and publish their draft consolidated state plans in an effort to meet the 2017 submission deadlines. States have elected to, in addition to publishing their draft state plans, create pages presenting information on their state plan development and how stakeholders may comment on the content.


Consolidated State Plans & Key Development Resources






 New York

 West Virginia