ESSA Stakeholder Engagement

As part of developing an ESSA state plan, states have set up mechanisms to collect stakeholder feedback and comments on how states can respond to ESSA requirements. Some states have set up online surveys and feedback forms to collect feedback from a variety of stakeholders. Other states have held forums that provide opportunities for state Department of Education staff to meet with community members and discuss the implications of ESSA. Listed here are selected examples of ways states have engaged stakeholders in ESSA-related work. Tools for stakeholder engagement around ESSA can also be found in this section. 

This information is current as of May 2017. 

Resources for Stakeholder Engagement Around ESSA

These selected resources provide suggestions for how states, districts, and schools can share information on ESSA with their stakeholders. Included are resources to aid in collecting stakeholder feedback during development of the ESSA state plan. 


Surveys and Forms 

Several states have set up online surveys and forms for interested stakeholders to provide feedback on ESSA and its implementation. 

  • Alabama - Stakeholders can fill out this form to provide comments regarding ESSA.
  • Arizona - Though their surveys is now closed, the Arizona Department of Education has saved survey responses for perusal. 
  • California - A survey has been set up to collect feedback on the state's first draft state plan. This survey closed on December 9, 2016. 
  • Delaware - Surveys were created to capture stakeholder feedback on school support and improvement, long term goals and measurements of long term progress, and measures of school success and public reporting. 
  • District of Columbia - Results from a survey on ESSA accountability measures can be found on this page.
  • Idaho - A public feedback form has been set up for stakeholders to provide comments regarding the ESSA state plan. 
  • Maryland - This page presents a summary of feedback on the state's draft ESSA state plan. 
  • Oklahoma - Stakeholders can provide feedback on the state's draft ESSA state plan. 
  • Puerto Rico - The Puerto Rico Department of Education plans to release a survey to collect stakeholder feedback on state plan development.
  • South Carolina - A feedback form has been provided for stakeholders to submit comments regarding the state's ESSA plan; this form is open until January 1, 2017.
  • West Virginia - Stakeholders can register to be involved in ESSA state plan development and receive ongoing updates on the plan's progress.

Community Forums and Meetings 

Community forums and meetings have been utilized to gather feedback on expectations for state responses to ESSA. These are also opportunities for stakeholders to obtain further information about ESSA. Some states have already held these listening sessions, while other states are preparing to hold them in the upcoming winter.

  • Arkansas - Notes from the completed listening forums can be found here. 
  • California - Dates from California's completed meetings and materials presented at these meetings are listed. 
  • Delaware - ESSA discussion groups consisting of nominated participants were convened to provide information to the Department of Education and the state's Advisory group. 
  • District of Columbia - A series of focus groups for local education agency leaders and other stakeholders were held throughout fall 2016. Parent and community meetings were held in winter 2017. 
  • Florida - Summaries from public input meetings held in summer 2016 can be found here. 
  • Georgia - Summaries from the state's completed public hearings are listed on this page. 
  • Illinois - Reports and presentations from completed listening tour dates are listed here.
  • Kentucky - Dates for upcoming Town Hall meetings are listed on this page. 
  • Louisiana - Stakeholder engagement meeting materials are presented, along with videos from the meetings. 
  • Maryland - The state's completed meetings/outreach dates are listed, along with a summary of feedback received regarding ESSA.
  • Mississippi - Dates from the completed Mississippi Listening Tour are listed, along with a summary of feedback received. 
  • New Hampshire - Summaries of feedback received during each stop of the state's Regional Listening Tour are listed.
  • New Mexico - Completed community meeting dates are listed. 
  • North Carolina - Summaries from the spring and fall comment sessions can be found here. 
  • Ohio - Completed stakeholder meetings are listed with dates and locations. 
  • Oregon - Upcoming community forum dates are listed, along with summaries of the meetings held in the spring. 
  • Pennsylvania - Stakeholder sessions and meetings are listed with associated agendas and materials. 
  • Wyoming - The Department of Education held three listening sessions in December 2016. Summaries of feedback from other prior listening sessions can be found on this page.

Invited Stakeholder Groups

In some states, invited stakeholders have been asked to provide feedback as states develop their ESSA state plans. These groups also include stakeholders from the community who are not affiliated with departments of education.

  • Alaska - The ESSA State Plan Advisory Committee brings together representatives from school districts, educational organizations, and educational partners to provide recommendations for the state plan. 
  • Colorado - The Hub/Spoke Committee, consisting of members from the State Board of Education, State Legislature, representatives from K–12 and higher education, representatives from charter schools, representatives from education organizations, and community members, supports development of the ESSA state plan. 
  • Hawaii - The ESSA Team consists of educators, business and organization leaders, Board of Education members, students, parents, Department of Education staff, and state representatives. 
  • Iowa - The Every Student Succeeds Act Advisory Committee was created with K–12 teachers and administrators, higher education representatives, school board members, organization members, and state legislators. 
  • Kansas - The Elementary and Secondary Education Act Advisory Council, which includes educators, organization members, and community members. 
  • Kentucky - The Commissioner's Accountability Steering Committee will advise the state’s Commissioner of Education on the state’s accountability system under ESSA. 
  • Michigan - The state has created an External Advisory Committee, which meets monthly to review ESSA plan ideas and concepts, and a Tactical Review Committee, which provides coordinated review of and feedback on the combined work of various ESSA Action Team to assure coherence and alignment across all recommendations.
  • Minnesota - Committees were created to focus on the following aspects of the ESSA state plan: accountability, assessment, educator quality, English learners, and school improvement. 
  • Mississippi - The ESSA Advisory Committee consists of state legislators, staff from different state departments, and educators from K–12 and higher education.
  • Nevada - The ESSA Advisory Group consists of parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, students, and business groups. 
  • New Hampshire - Advisory Teams were created to advise in the development of the ESSA state plan, with teams for: accountability, comprehensive school support and improvement, educator equity and support, English learners, funding streams, and early childhood.
  • North Dakota - The ESSA Planning Committee has representatives from state government, K–12 educators, parent groups, and education organizations
  • Oregon - The ESSA Advisory Committee, comprised of superintendents, principals, teachers, and education partners, will review recommendations and offer feedback. 
  • Rhode Island - The invited Committee of Practitioners meets monthly to provide input to the Department of Education, act as community liaisons, and comment on drafts of the state's ESSA plan. Agendas and materials from their meetings are listed here. 
  • South Dakota - ESSA Work Groups, with representatives from state school districts, to address aspects of the ESSA state plan (accountability, school improvement, educator effectiveness, and English language learners). 
  • Tennessee - ESSA Working Groups, led by senior state education officials and consisting of leaders from different education communities and school districts, are focusing on these key topics: standards and assessment, accountability, support for English learners, educator support and effectiveness, school improvement, and student support. 
  • Virginia - A list of the members of the ESSA State Plan Steering Committee can be found at the bottom of this page.  
  • Washington - The Consolidated Plan Team brings together representatives from state government, districts and schools, and professional organizations to development and implement the ESSA state plan.