Secretary DeVos Approves South Carolina and Virginia’s ESSA State Plans (May 3, 2018)
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the approval of South Carolina and Virginia’s consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
“The state plans meet the requirements of ESSA, and I am pleased to approve them,” said Secretary DeVos. “As implementation begins, I look forward to seeing how local leaders are able to use the flexibility afforded by ESSA to innovate on behalf of their students.”
Allowing states more flexibility in how they deliver education to students is at the core of ESSA. Each state crafted a plan that it feels will best offer educational opportunities to meet the needs of the state and its students.
“Virginia's ESSA plan reflects the state's mission to increase student learning and academic achievement,” Virginia Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven M. Constantino said. “The wide range of strategies articulated in the plan—which include supporting identified schools, improving school conditions for student learning and identifying and addressing disproportionate rates of access to quality educators—reflect Virginia's commitment to ensure an excellent education for all students.”