Watson says state education department working on ESSA changes

State Education Commissioner Randy Watson on Tuesday said Kansas is working hard to address questions from the federal government about the Kansas ESSA plan. 

The federal U.S. Department of Education recently said it couldn’t approve Kansas’ plan to implement requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act and requested numerous revisions. The feds said the state plan lacked details on closing the achievement gap. 

Watson told the State Board of Education there is a lot of back and forth going on between the state and federal education departments. He said he expected approval of Kansas’ ESSA plan on or before Jan. 18. 

The Kansas ESSA plan calls for a 95 percent graduation rate of all students by 2030. The current graduation rate is approximately 86 percent. 

Here is a response by KASB on the Kansas State Department of Education ESSA submission. 


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