State education department seeks public comment on new education plan

The New York State Education Department this week presented to the Board of Regents and released for public review and comment the draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

The draft plan emphasizes fostering equity in education for New York’s students; expands measures for school support/accountability and student success; and requires school-level improvement plans for the lowest performing schools overall as well as schools with the lowest performance for certain student populations. The plan also includes strategies for supporting the professional growth of educators and ensuring that all students, including English language learners/multilingual learners, immigrant students, migratory youth, homeless youth and neglected and delinquent youth have access to a well-rounded education that supports their academic and social-emotional development.

NYSED held more than 120 stakeholder and public meetings to gather input to help inform the development of the draft plan. The Department is also hosting 13 public hearings on the plan from May 11 through June 16 and is accepting public comment on the plan through June 16.

Go to for information on the public hearings. Comments can be submitted via email to with “ESSA Comments from (sender/organization name)” in the subject line. Comments can also be submitted to the attention of Dr. Lisa Long, New York State Education Department, Office of Accountability, 4th Floor, 55 Hanson Place, Brooklyn, New York 11217.