Assessing ESSA

Missed Opportunities for Students with Disabilities

As states and districts dive deeper into the important work of improving schools and student outcomes, we are pleased to share our latest resource and tool for change, Assessing ESSA: Missed Opportunities for Students with Disabilities. This report provides the first national analysis of how state plans are including and serving students with disabilities under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

With guidance from our Expert Advisory Council, we examined the 15 most critical components of effectively supporting students with disabilities in the ESSA plan for each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and developed a rating system for each of the three key areas included in the maps below. Green means the state provided meaningful support, yellow means the state provided partial support and red means the state was not supportive. Select a ratings area below to see how each state performed.

State by State Ratings

Are state accountability systems under ESSA designed to include students with disabilities in meaningful ways?

Are supports for struggling schools aligned with what we know works to meet the needs of students with disabilities?

Did states meaningfully include students with disabilities throughout their ESSA plans, and coordinate effectively with ongoing efforts under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA)?


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