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Indiana's plan to replace No Child Left Behind approved by US Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education has approved Indiana's plan to replace No Child Left Behind.

INDIANAPOLIS --  The U.S. Department of Education has approved Indiana's plan to replace No Child Left Behind.

In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to replace No Child.

Under ESSA, the federal government gives back much of education policy back to the states. In return, states agree to track the progress of schools and districts, offer support when needed, and show how the money is being used to support students,according to educationpost.org

ESSA required all states to submit a plan for review by the DOE.  The plan had to include the details regarding the following required components:

- Challenging state academic standards
- Academic assessments
- Statewide accountability systems
- School support and improvement activities

Indiana Department of Education spokesperson Adam Baker says input from schools, teachers and principals was used in the creation of the state's ESSA plan.

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