Our work at the Great Lakes Comprehensive Center (GLCC) is guided by detailed technical assistance plans developed annually in collaboration with our state education agency (SEA) partners and approved by the U.S. Department of Education. As we inch closer to our fifth year, GLCC staff are engaged again in the annual technical assistance planning process. GLCC state managers and their teams are looking closely at each state’s needs within the broader context of the state and federal policy landscape. Of course, new this year is the groundbreaking federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In contrast with the No Child Left Behind Act, ESSA gives states the flexibility to implement assessments, accountability systems, and educational interventions that are evidence based yet locally appropriate. GLCC staff and ESSA experts at AIR are working closely with our states to provide support as SEAs grapple with the implications of ESSA. Recently, we collaborated with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to hold a statewide Indiana ESSA Summit. As we work to help our states understand and respond to ESSA, addressing the goals of the new legislation will be a central element of our technical assistance plans. Through this site and other communications, we will keep you up to date on ESSA and how it is playing out in our states.