Onslow County will be the site of one of the meetings as the state Department of Education holds a second round of public comment sessions to gather input on a new accountability plan.

DPI is holding a series of meetings to get feedback from educators, parents, and other stakeholders regarding the state’s K-12 Education Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act. One of the meetings will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Jacksonville High School media center.

According to the meeting announcement, the state is developing the plan to comply with the new federal education law approved in December 2015 to replace the No Child Left Behind Act.

ESSA continues to focus on accountability and student-level assessments for all students in reading and math in grades 3-8, science assessments at least once in elementary grades and at least once in middle grades, college and career readiness in high school, and accountability for all student groups.

The public is also invited to submit written comments to DPI through the Let’s Talk link on the DPI website. Select the ESSA topic when prompted.

For more information about the ESSA plan in North Carolina go to dpi.state.nc.us/succeeds.