Resources & Information

Rule Making & Guidance

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces Release of Updated ESSA Consolidated State Plan Template – Template and associated documents included at bottom of release. (March 13, 2017)

ESSA State Plan Notice of Intent to Submit

OPINION: What’s happening beyond the public eye in the Dept. of Education?

Response to the U.S. Department of Education’s Request for Input on Areas of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in which the Department could Provide Non-Regulatory Guidance to Support Inclusion of School Libraries and Librarians (May 25, 2016) 

Title I

Letter to the USED Providing Recommendations on Implementing Title I (January 21, 2016)

Title II

Comments submitted to a notice of proposed rulemaking on the Every Student Succeeds Act: Accountability and State Plans (July 26, 2016)

The Department of Education issued non-regulatory guidance Title II – Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High Quality Teachers and Principals.

Title IV

The Department of Education issued non-regulatory guidance for the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAEG) program (Title IV).

Summary of the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants under Title IV, Part A, Subpart 1 created by ALA (August 17, 2016)

Memo regarding the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released non-regulatory guidance for Title IV, Part A, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Program (October 25, 2016)

ALA Fact Sheet on Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants Non-Regulatory Guidance (October 26, 2016)

Title IV, Part A Coalition

Press Release – July 11, 2016 pdf

Title IV, Part A Fact Sheet pdf

Coalition Letter – September 27, 2016 pdf

State Exemplars

Washington Library Association


Resolution on Equity for School Libraries for the DOE Making Rules for ESSA pdf Adopted by the ALA Council on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Advocacy Tools

ESSA State Workshops
AASL, in collaboration with ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) and the ALA Washington Office, is offering a comprehensive workshop on ESSA to AASL Affiliate organizations.

The AASL Vision for Implementing ESSA pdf was approved by the AASL Board of Directors at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. A Task Force has been appointed to operationalize and implement.

ESSA Opportunities for School Librarians pdf
This document highlights library-related provisions in P.L. 114-95, and provides an overview of initial next steps to help maximize opportunities for effective school library programming under the new law.

Ask Me How School Librarians Ensure Student Success Message Card pdf The Message Card PDF is an example to provide language that may be used to re-create at your state/district level. Print using the template above or request complimentary cards by emailing

ESSA Terms pdf

ESSA Summary and Potential Implications pdf Created by the Texas State Library & Archive Commission

Sample Thank You Letter for Legislators wordicon_16

Conference Session Materials

2016 ALA Annual Conference

Unpacking ESSA for the Library Eco-System Session

Unpacking ESSA for the School Librarian Session Slides pdf

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Message Development Plan Worksheet wordicon_16

See resources listed above and Rule Making & Guidance for additional materials included at sessions.

2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Opportunities In ESSA for School Libraries pdf