ESSA – Federal Accountability

Missouri's ESSA Consolidated State Plan

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is designed to ensure that all students have a significant opportunity to have a fair and equitable high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps. These programs provide assistance to rural- and low-income schools and services to students who are migrants, at-risk (including neglected and delinquent), homeless and English learners. In addition, the programs provide assistance to 21st Century Learning Centers and professional development for teachers and leaders.

By design, Missouri's ESSA plan outlines only a portion of the state's system for school improvement. The Missouri School Improvement Plan (MSIP) is the accountability measure of school improvement in the state, and ESSA is a component of that effort. Missouri is well-positioned to lead the nation on student success through our own homegrown systems. By taking additional time to gather feedback and establish our vision for education in Missouri, we hope to create a high-quality plan that meets the needs of all children. 

ESSA Missouri's Consolidated State Plan

  • Read Missouri's Proposed ESSA Consolidated State Plan Amendment (November 30, 2023)
    This plan reflects changes to the plan originally approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Stakeholders can comment on proposed revisions until December 20, 2023. Comments may be submitted to

  • Read Missouri's ESSA Plan  (March 4, 2019)
    The plan dated March 4, 2019 does not reflect a change in content to the plan.  It removes the redline changes submitted to the U.S. Department of Education based on their 2019 approval of the required amendments regarding Disproportionate Rates.


LEA Guide to Needs Assessment and School Improvement Planning

MAP-Alternate (MAP-A) Assessment 1% Participation Justification

Approved Plan

The U.S. Department of Education has approved Missouri’s state plan for public education under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Missouri’s plan is a commitment to ensure that all students have equitable access to high-quality education to help prepare them for success in school and in life. Implementation of the major portion of the plan will begin in fall 2018.

The plan supports the state’s strategic priorities, the foremost of which is that all Missouri students will graduate ready for success. To help reach that goal, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has outlined strategies addressing access, opportunity and equity, as well as support and development for teachers and leaders.

“We greatly appreciate the feedback we received from educators, business leaders, lawmakers, parents and students about what matters most in education,” said Dr. Roger Dorson, interim commissioner of elementary and secondary education. “Missouri is positioned to lead the nation through our own state-developed accountability systems.”

ESSA Plan Section Section Text
Introduction Read Intro Section Text
Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Read T1A Section Text
Title I, Part C: Education of Migratory Children Read T1C Section Text
Title I, Part D: Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk Read T1D Section Text
Title II, Part A: Supporting Effective Instruction Read T2A Section Text
Title III, Part A: English Language Acquisition Read T3A Section Text
Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Read Section Text
Title IV, Part B: 21st Century Learning Centers Read T4PartB Section Text
Title V, Part B: Rural and Low-Income School Program Read Section Text
Title VII, Subpart B: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Read T7SubpartB Section Text

Timeline for Submission of the ESSA Consolidated State Plan

  • June 15 - July 15, 2017: Public comment period
  • July 15 - August 1, 2017: Reaction and revision period
  • August 2017: ESSA summary of public comments posted
  • August 1 - August 31, 2017: Gubernatorial consultation
  • September 13, 2017: ESSA plan submitted
  • December 19, 2017: U.S. Department of Education revisions requested
  • January 4, 2018: DESE submitted final revisions
  • January 16, 2018: U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos approves final revisions

ESSA Presentation to State Board of Education (June 2017)

ESSA Presentation to State Board of Education (February 2017)

Regional Meeting Feedback

In September and October, the department held Regional Meetings on Education to discuss what matters most in public education. Please click the link above to read what feedback meeting attendees and post-meeting survey recipients marked as what matters most to them in education.​

Waiver Notice Request for Comments

2019 Waiver from 1% Participation Rate for Students Taking the MAP-A Assessment

Waiver Request of Reporting Requirements - Grade Level Science and Biology

Waiver from 1% Participation Rate for Students Taking the MAP-A Assessment

Waiver Request of Reporting Requirements

Continue "Right Test, Right Time" Administration of End-of-Course Assessments​

Waiver Request Extension for Reporting on Per Pupil Expenditures