Your Q1 ESSA Checklist

1.) Check out the ESSA Transition Guide.

If you haven’t already, read “Preparing for System-Level Changes” and put together your ESSA Transition work plan.

  • Start by defining goals and expectations for the transition. This may get you started.
  • Check back here on February 21 for tools to get your toolbox audit started—we’ll be featuring our “ESSA audit guides” for charter contracts and performance frameworks.

2.) Find out when your state is submitting its Title I plan to the US Department of Education.

It will be either April 3 or September 18. The US Department of Education asked states to notify ED of their intended submission date by January 10, 2017. See what day your state selected.

3.) If available, review your state’s draft Title I plan.

Need help reviewing the plan? We’ve got resources!

What should you look for? Check out NACSA’s ideas for “What Should Title I Plans Do to Get the Best Result for Authorizers?” and our Tips for Deciphering State ESSA Plans.

Need a discussion partner? Use this map to find another authorizer in your state to talk with, sign up for our new ESSA forum through our member portal, or sign up for a one-on-one session with NACSA to talk about your state’s ESSA plan.

4.) Talk with your charter schools about the ESSA transition.

Reach out this quarter to let them know it is something you are preparing for.

Not sure how to start? See this sample communiqué to get you started.

5.) Make contact with your SEA about the ESSA transition.

Let them know it is something that impacts authorizing and that you may reach out with questions. You can find your SEA contact on this list.