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Iowa’s ESSA Plan to Replace No Child Left Behind

Iowa leaders are seeking federal approval for a new school accountability plan that will replace No Child Left Behind’s approach to holding schools accountable for student performance. 

The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2015. It gives state leaders broader authority to use their own measures of success when evaluating schools.

Iowa’s ESSA plan, which was released in final form Monday, establishes ways to identify and support struggling schools. The 231-page document will be submitted Monday to the U.S. Department of Education for approval.