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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in New Jersey

On August 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Education approved New Jersey's ESSA State Plan.

Thank you to the many New Jersey families, students, educators and community members who participated in the development of New Jersey's ESSA State Plan.  Your involvement ensured the plan was developed by New Jersey and for New Jersey. The collaborative development process enabled the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) to create a plan that focuses on equity for all students, deep support for the schools that need it most, and the promise that all children attend a school providing the support and skills they need to thrive throughout their K-12 experience and far beyond.

A short overview of New Jersey's ESSA State Plan can be found here.

Map of New Jersey
Star = community with which we directly engaged

Input from stakeholders before, during and after the drafting of the plan was received in a variety of ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Over 5,300 survey responses;
  • An ESSA Stakeholder Focus Group with over 80 invited education and community organizations
  • More than 90 meetings organized or attended throughout the state including four listening and learning sessions, during which NJDOE met with more than 140 attendees;
  • Over 400 districts represented at in-person ESSA technical assistance sessions;
  • Direct communication with individuals representing more than 160 communities throughout the state.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is committed to hosting discussions and receiving feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders as we work to make policy decisions that reflect the values of New Jersey communities.
We continue to receive a great deal of input on how we can expand and diversify our outreach in the education community.

As a result, we have developed the ESSA Accountability Stakeholder Focus Group. The purpose of the group will be to help the Department share and receive feedback on materials designed to clarify aspects of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and better understand stakeholder priorities that will inform existing ESSA working groups. Previously invited organizations are listed here. If you would like to see your organization represented in the ESSA Accountability Stakeholder Focus Group, please contact