ESSA Public Meeting in Fairfield on January 11 at 5 PM

January statewide meetings set on the Every Student Succeeds Act

Draft plan will be released Jan.6; information meetings run Jan. 9-19, but one in Great Prairie AEA on January 11.

DES MOINES – Iowa Department of Education leaders have scheduled January statewide meetings to share a draft plan for meeting requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

The Department will release the draft plan on Friday, Jan. 6. The statewide public meetings will then run from Jan. 9-19, with Department leaders presenting information about the plan, fielding questions and taking input.

ESSA, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 and will be fully implemented starting in the 2017-18 school year, provides a more reasonable balance between the role of states and the federal government in accountability for the success of all children. State plans must address academic standards, assessments, school and district accountability, and support for struggling schools.

The Department has sought input on the development of Iowa’s ESSA draft plan this fall through a state advisory committee, statewide public input meetings, and focus groups.

The January information meetings will begin at 5 p.m. Meeting dates and locations are as follows (please note that some days have more than one meeting site). Video conferencing will be available for Iowans who want to listen remotely; details will be announced in January.

Monday, January 9

Grant Wood Area Education Agency – Coralville

Room 118

Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa

2301 Oakdale Blvd., Coralville

Monday, January 9

Green Hills Area Education Agency – Red Oak Regional Office

Conference Room

212 E. Coolbaugh St., Red Oak

Tuesday, January 10

Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency – Pocahontas

Blackhawk Lake Room

500 NE Sixth St., Pocahontas

Wednesday, January 11

Fairfield Arts & Convention Center

Expo Hall

200 N. Main, Fairfield

Thursday, January 12

Heartland Area Education Agency – Ames

Conference Room

511 S. 17th St., Ames

Tuesday, January 17

Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency – Clinton

Conference Room

2001 Manufacturing Court, Clinton

Tuesday, January 17

Northwest Area Education Agency – LeMars Service Center

Conference Room – first floor

904 Lincoln St. SW, Ste. 300, LeMars

Wednesday, January 18

Oelwein High School Library

315 8th Ave. SE, Oelwein

Thursday, January 19

AEA 267 – Marshalltown

Rooms A, B, C

909 South 12th St., Marshalltown

For more information on Iowa’s plans to meet the Every Student Succeeds Act, visit

Iowans also can submit questions and feedback by sending an email to

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