Your Partner in Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

At the close of 2015, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which brings about the first major overhaul to federal education policy in almost 15 years.

What is ESSA?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.

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What’s New?

The new law would still require much of the annual testing established under 'No Child Left Behind', meaning that students will continue to take annual English and Math tests in third through eighth grades, and individual science tests in both elementary school and middle school. But states would have the ability to decide how they will improve struggling schools and how to define success.