Michigan's ESSA State Plan

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) submitted the state’s final ESSA Plan to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) on April 17, 2017. The plan, signed by both State Superintendent Brian Whiston and Governor Rick Snyder, represents a more whole-child, well-rounded education for Michigan children. 

The plan now will be reviewed by the USED, which includes review by USED staff as well as a structured peer review process for specific sections of the plan.  ESSA law provides the U.S. Secretary of Education 120 days to review and approve state plans.

The MDE-ESSA@michigan.gov email account will remain open for additional feedback as the state works with USED on plan approval and throughout implementation of the plan.

About Michigan’s ESSA State Plan

Michigan’s ESSA Plan aligns to the goals and strategies to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in the next 10 years. The plan is organized around four core components






Stakeholder Engagement

  • When creating the plan, Michigan consulted regularly with diverse groups of stakeholders via workgroups, online surveys, and targeted focus groups. In addition, MDE staff partnered with intermediate school districts across the state to host Feedback Forums where educators, parents, and community members provided feedback on selected recommended elements of Michigan’s plan.