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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) New York State’s ESSA plan, approved by the US Department of Education, is designed to meet the needs of students, schools and communities. The policies and guidelines help prepare students for success in college and careers. ESSA-Funded programs foster equity for all students and ensure schools across the state are accountable for student success.
More information about ESSA can be found here.
To file a complaint with NYSED, click here.

Every Student Succeeds Act Notification

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, parents/guardians have the right to know the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers, including:

  • Whether a teacher has state certification for the grade levels and subjects they are teaching; -The teacher’s baccalaureate degree major and any other certifications or degrees;
  • Whether their child receives services from paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. 

Parents/guardians may request their child’s classroom teacher’s professional qualifications by contacting Lisa Pacht, Assistant Superintendent of Schools & Operations.

ESSA Complaints Procedure

The ESSA programs for which an individual or entity may submit a complaint to the LEA or NYSED include:
Title I, Part A: Grants to Local Educational Agencies
Title I, Part C: Education of Migratory Children
Title I, Part D: Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
Title II, Part A: Supporting Effective Instruction
Title III, Part A: Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students
Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enhancement Grants
Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Community Learning Centers
Title V, Part B: Rural Education Initiative