ESSA and Personalized Learning: State by State

A Nationwide Look at State Strategies to Advance Personalized Learning

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with significant flexibility to advance personalized learning and improve equitable outcomes for their students. This resource highlights emerging ideas states are considering as they leverage this flexibility through their implementation plans. Our goal for this resource is to highlight states’ leadership in creating high quality education systems that provide innovative and flexible learning opportunities. We hope to help stakeholders identify and better understand the benefits of diverse approaches to personalized learning. Finally, we aim to help states solve for potential unintended consequences of these ideas by opening the door to robust conversation among stakeholders and states.

=  ESSA Plan Submitted to United States Department of Education for Approval
= Draft Plan Released for Public Comment
= Draft Plan Not Yet Released for Public Comment

This map indicates each state’s current stage of plan development. We will update information as states post new or updated drafts for public comment, when they submit their plans to the United States Department of Education, and when they receive federal approval. Click on each state for a full summary of the personalized learning elements included in its ESSA implementation plan.

A Nationwide Summary

We have compiled our findings of state-by-state ESSA implementation into one document, which you can download now.

Personalized Learning by ESSA Focus Area

Looking to learn how states plan to advance personalize learning through ESSA? Click on a state below to see how individual states have implemented innovative personalized learning elements in specific categories of their state plan.


Long Term Goals

Academic Assessments


Support / Improvement for Schools

Supporting Excellent Educators

Supporting All Students

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