ESSA: Guiding LEA Needs Assessments and Plan Development to Consider Early Learning

One critical aspect of implementing state Consolidated plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the development of local education agency (LEA) plans submitted to the state education agency (SEA). Local needs assessments, if structured appropriately, can play a major role in raising the profile of early learning needs and options during the development of LEA and school plans.

 The MACC@WestEd has created this brief to help SEAs consider options for framing LEA needs assessments and plan development activities including: a list of actions that the state agency can take proactively to support LEA needs assessments; the law’s expectations for LEA needs assessments and plan development; examples of questions that can guide LEA discussions; and, examples of data elements and simple analyses that could inform a profile of local early learning needs.