Want to help Idaho roll out new education law? Here’s how

States across the nation are working to enact a new federal education law, and Idaho is reaching out for help from Idahoans.

The State Department of Education wants stakeholders to help with the rollout of the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. Passed by Congress in late 2015, ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind law. And while some vestiges of NCLB remain intact — such as federal testing requirements — supporters say the new law provides more autonomy to states.

State superintendent Sherri Ybarra

The stakeholders will help the State Department of Education write a Consolidated State Plan, a document to govern ESSA compliance in Idaho. In a news release Monday, state superintendent Sherri Ybarra said she is looking for stakeholders to work on 11 subcommittees that will examine topics such as school improvement, standards and assessments and English language learners.

To apply, click here. The deadline is April 29.

Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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