Resources & Information

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.

Title IV A Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants

Flow of Grant Funds
A flow chart of how the funds are funneled from the federal to individual school.

Title IV SSAE Grants by State
This document identifies the language in the consolidated State plans that address the use of funds by LEA and awarding of subgrants.

FAQ on SSAE Grants
This document answers frequently asked questions related to SSAE Grants.

Grants Learning Center
Grants Learning Center is a gateway to federal grants. It provides tips on writing grants including information on grant eligibility, terms, and policies.

U.S. Department of Education Rule Making and Guidance

Title I
Title II
Title IV

Documents from ALA Washington Office

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.


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


Resources for Developing Talking Points and Sharing Information with Stakeholders
This document provides links to resources that address Technology, High Quality Educators, Help for Low Achieving Schools, Title I and Title II, Student Support for Transient Students or Underserved Students, and Safe Schools.

Next Steps in Implementing ESSA
This documents reflects the ideas shared at Affiliate Assembly I at ALA Midwinter 2018 focused on Next Steps in Implementing ESSA based on status of school libraries in the ESSA state plans.

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.

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.

ESSA Terms pdf
This document defines terms used in ESSA. Additionally, it provides talking points on the role school libraries/librarians in each term.

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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2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting

Opportunities In ESSA for School Libraries pdf