The Delaware Department of Education will host a second round of community conversations.

The Delaware Department of Education will host a second round of community conversations to collect public input on the first draft of the state’s plan under the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

Upcoming second-round sessions will be from:

— 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway, Lewes.

— 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 29 at Seaford High School, 399 North Market St.

— 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 at John Collette Education Resource Center, 35 Commerce Way, Suite 1, Dover.

— 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8 at Newark Charter School, 2001 Patriot Way.

In December 2015, Congress reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the main federal law governing public education. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act. As part of NCLB, Delaware is one of the 43 states operating under ESEA Flexibility.

ESSA gives states more flexibility and provides more state and local control over the accountability process. ESSA implementation will begin during the 2017-18 school year. The 2016-17 school year provides the opportunity to consult with stakeholders, develop Delaware’s plan and submit the plan to the U.S. Department of Education for approval.

A first round of community conversations and a series of online surveys in September provided public input that is informing the first draft of the state’s plan, which was released Oct. 31. The second round of community conversations will allow department leaders to receive feedback on the draft. Additional online surveys also will be posted later this fall.

Following the second round of conversations, the department will release a second draft of the plan by Dec. 31. Additional comments will be taken through February 2017. The state will submit its plan to the U.S. Department of Education for approval by March 6, 2017.

Feedback can be submitted to ESSAStatePlan@doe.k12.de.us.