Resources & Information

Rule Making & Guidance


Title I

Title II

Title IV

Title IV, Part A Coalition

Press Release – July 11, 2016 pdf

Title IV, Part A Fact Sheet pdf

Coalition Letter – September 27, 2016 pdf

ESSA State Plans

This document identifies language in the consolidated State plans that address school libraries/librarians. This document will be updated as drafts and final plans become available.

Check State Plans

The Check State Plans project is based on the belief that states need to embrace the flexibility ESSA offers them, and that their plans should implement strong state-level accountability systems.

State Exemplars


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 Impact of ESSA Workshops


The 2017 ALA Emerging Leaders team sponsored by AASL was charged with evaluating the effectiveness of these workshops. In March 2017, the Emerging Leaders team conducted a national survey of state affiliates. An executive summary report and infographic outlines their findings.  School librarians felt more comfortable advocating for their programs after attending the workshop. Many felt the workshops were beneficial. Suggestions were given to AASL to continue the support of school librarians and the ESSA.

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

Coalition Development Plan Worksheet wordicon_16

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