Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the federal K–12 education law. ESSA was signed into law in 2015, replaced No Child Left Behind, and reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESEA was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

ESSA requires every state to measure performance in reading, math, and science. Every school must inform parents about their standards and their results. 

ESSA requires every state to provide parents important information on test performance in reading, math, and science. The report cards must also provide data on graduation rates, suspensions, absenteeism, teacher qualifications, and many other areas. Texas parents may find this information on TXschools.gov and in data reports on the Performance Reporting pages. 

Current ESSA Information  

Proposed ESSA Plan Amendment — February 2023

Proposed ESSA Plan Amendment — January 2023 

Historical ESSA Plan Amendments 

Amended ESSA Plan — March 2022

Amended ESSA Plan — December 14, 2021

Amended ESSA Plan — December 21, 2020

Original 2017 ESSA Plan Submission 

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) formally submitted the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated plan to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) on Sept. 25, 2017. After negotiations, the USDE approved the state’s ESSA plan on March 26, 2018. The final plan and amendments are provided below.

Final Submitted ESSA Plan - March 6, 2018

ESSA in Texas

ESSA provides a unique opportunity for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to chart a path for shifting key decisions related to accountability, school improvement, teacher quality, and funding back to the state and local level. Commissioner Mike Morath is embracing this opportunity to maximize the new policy flexibility ESSA offers. Under Commissioner Morath’s leadership, TEA is advancing a key goal to establish one vision for the future of the agency, aligning key decision points in developing systems to support ESSA implementation with a new TEA Strategic Plan that will guide all TEA work. Tapping into the new opportunities that ESSA provides will allow for a singular focus on key state priority areas leading to greater levels of student achievement throughout our state. 


Stakeholder Engagement

TEA, in collaboration with the Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC), designed and carried out a comprehensive, multi-pronged engagement strategy beginning in January 2016 to collect stakeholder input and feedback to help shape the agency’s strategic direction, inform the development of innovative education systems, and create a unified framework across state and federal policy. This feedback contributed to the foundation of TEA’s Strategic Plan and the Texas ESSA Consolidated State Plan.

Stakeholder Engagement


Communications with US Department of Education