Saturday, January 7, 2017

ESSA First Draft Posted

School Library Programs are listed as an additional opportunity Iowa school districts should consider in order to provide a well-rounded education for students in the first draft of the Iowa Department of Education's Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan released Friday on the IDOE web site.

The IDOE also anounced it is holding statewide informational meetings Monday, Jan. 9, through Thursday, Jan. 19, at different AEA sites and virtually through Zoom video conferencing.

For more details on the statewide meetings, go to this link from the IDOE website. To go directly to the meeting schedule,  click here. All meetings start at 5 p.m.

In Iowa's ESSA plan, School Library Programs are listed as an example of one of the "additional opportunities that the IDOE will encourage districts to consider" as a way to "further student opportunities to obtain a well-rounded education."  This means that districts may use money from ESSA for School Library Programs but they are not required to do so.

Iowans are invited to provide feedback on the first draft in an online survey through Feb. 15 or in person during the statewide meetings in January. Feedback can also be submitted via email at or by mail: Iowa Department of Education, Attn. Deputy Director David Tilly/ESSA Feedback, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th St.,Des Moines, IA 50319-0149. The IASL task force will be working on an official response with our consultant from

The document is 198 pages and includes summaries of all statements at both public meetings and the meeting the DE held from its issue-specific meeting with representatives of IASL in November. School libraries and librarians are well  represented in the IDOE's feedback section of this document.

Click on the link below to see the entire draft:
ESSA First Draft   

IDOE officials said they will consider feedback submitted in preparing a revised draft they plan to release in May 2017.