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Iowa's State Plan

Iowa Department of Education leaders finalized the state’s plan for meeting requirements of ESSA on September 18, 2017. Based on feedback from the U.S. Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Education made revisions to the state plan, which received federal approval on May 16, 2018.

May 2018 Approved State Plan for ESSA

U.S. Department of Education Approval Letter

ESSA Plan Revisions Summary - This document represents a summary of substantial revisions made to Iowa’s ESSA plan based on feedback from the U.S. Department of Education.


Iowa Department of Education officials collected broad public input on development of the state’s ESSA plan. This outreach effort included 18 public meetings across the state in the fall of 2016 and winter of 2017, meetings of a state advisory committee and 11 education work teams, convening of focus groups, and collection of written comments through online feedback surveys, email and mail. The Department released three drafts of Iowa’s plan for public review in 2017.

ESSA Plan Stakeholder Feedback - Document representing the raw data from the Department's outreach effort in 2016 and 2017 to Iowa's Draft Plan.