Process and Protest: Have State Engagement Efforts Under ESSA Been Meaningful?

Process and Protest analyzes the consolidated Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) state plans submitted to the U.S. Department of Education for the April/May 2017 submission deadline, with specific attention to how state education agencies (SEAs) are establishing systems for ongoing dialogue with school leaders, practitioners, parents, students, and advocates. This report explores how thoughtful, meaningful, structured, and ongoing dialogue among a variety of stakeholders is not only legally required, but is in fact essential to unlocking the promise of ESSA and advancing excellence with equity in our schools.

The seventeen submitted plans contain a mix of familiar engagement practices and some strikingly innovative approaches that aim to create systems for continuous improvement informed by fact-based, ongoing consultation with diverse communities. Partners for Each and Every Child's review of these plans identifies a few promising practices from individual states as well as some room for growth shared across states.

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