EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (P.L. 114-95)
On December 10, 2015, the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), most recently known as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
Watch the signing ceremony. Get the Every Student Succeeds Act online or in PDF (392 pgs).
Note: Under ESSA, waivers granted to states through ESEA flexibility became null and void on August 1, 2016.
ESSA INFORMATION, ANALYSIS AND COMMENTARY
Students with Disabilities:
Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (PDF, 14 pgs.)
IDEA regulations (effective July 1, 2017) and a summary chart.
Comments submitted to the U.S. Dept. of Education in response to its Request for Information January 2016 (PDF)
Comments submitted to NPRM on Accountability, data reporting and state plans July 2016 (PDF)
Comments submitted to NRPM on Academic Assessments September 2016 (PDF)
Comments submitted to NPRM on Innovative Assessments Demonstration Authority September 2016 (PDF)
Other Student Populations:
- Collaborative for Student Success: Understanding ESSA website features information about ESSA implementation activities in every state.
- Assoc. for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD): Information on state implementation of ESSA.
- Education Trust: Students Can't Wait project providing information for advocates.
- Hogan Lovell: Comprehensive overview of ESSA including transition information (PDF).
- Alliance for Excellent Education: The Alliance has created a series of bite-sized materials—both print and video—that provides concise but comprehensive analyses of several key areas within ESSA.
- Education Reform Now:
- Third Way: New Normal in K-12 Education
- Center on Standards and Assessment Implementation: Resources to support state and local education agencies with planning for and implementing ESSA-aligned plans.
- Council of Chief State School Officers: Abundance of resources on ESSA primarily focused on state implementation.
- Education Commission of the States: Quick guides on top ESSA issues, ESSA resources, interviews with state chiefs, report on ESSA well-rounded education concept.
- College and Career Readiness and Success Center: Issue Brief: Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Support State Visions for College and Career Readiness
- National Education Policy Center: Making the Most of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – Helping States Focus on School Equity, Quality and Climate provides guidelines for selecting non-academic indicators that maximize educational equity and opportunity in schools.
- National Assoc. of Secondary School Principals: ESSA Webinars - Part 1 (title I) - Part 2 (title II) - Part 3 (title IV)
- National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Information on ESSA provisions relating to charter schools.
- National PTA: ESSA resources for families, including a listing of ESSA webpages by state.
- National Assoc. of State Boards of Education: Webinars & Policy Updates & ESSA and At-Risk Student Populations: A NASBE Policy Update Series
- Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD): Webinars and other resources.
- Data Quality Campaign: Opportunities to Make Data Work for Students in the Every Student Succeeds Act
- Chiefs for Change: Several policy papers regarding ESSA
- KnowledgeWorks: New Opportunities to Advance Personalized Learning in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
- White Board Advisors/Ed Surge: Webinar, "Decoding ESSA," presented February 17, 2016 and Timeline for ESSA Implementation.
- Coalition for Community Schools: Webinars and other ESSA information related to Community-School Partnerships.
- National Assoc. for Family, School and Community Engagement: Webinar on ESSA provisions regarding family engagement (conducted Feb. 24, 2016)
5 Ways ESSA Impacts Standardized Testing, January 28, 2016
- Brookings Institution: Using research to improve education under the Every Student Succeeds Act :: Forum on the future of school accountability under ESSA
- Center for American Progress: Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act Toward a Coherent, Aligned Assessment System
- Education Next: Advice from leading education experts on how states should navigate new opportunities under ESSA:
- National Initiative for Transforming Student and Learning Supports:
- First Five Years Fund: What Early Learning in ESSA Can Look Like for States and Districts
Information on Current State Accountability Systems
News and Commentaries
Dear Colleague Letter to state education agencies (SEAs) (Dec. 18, 2015): This letter provides some initial information on transition to the programs authorized by the ESSA, Title I Assessment Peer Review, AMOs and AMAOs, ESEA Flexibility, Priority and Focus School Lists, educator evaluations.
Dear Colleague Letter to Chief State School Officers (Dec 22, 2015): This letter reminds States of the obligation to assess all students (no less than 95%) on all state assessments required under No Child Left Behind. This requirement remains in effect for the 2015-2016 school year. In addition,
the following 12 states received letters relating directly to the failure to assess at least 95% of students as indicated by 2014-2015 assessment results: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Dear Colleague Letter to state educational agencies (SEAs) (Dec. 28, 2015) regarding several issues involved in transition to ESSA.
Dear Colleague Letter to state educational agencies (SEAs)(Jan. 28, 2016)
regarding flexibilities available in the 2016-2017 school year designed to ensure an orderly transition to the ESSA.
Dear Colleague Letter to state educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) (June 23, 2016) stressing the importance and utility of stakeholder engagement as they begin to transition to ESSA.
ESSA Transition FAQs (June 29, 2016)
IES Report: Best Practices for Determining Subgroup Size in Accountability Systems While Protecting Personally Identifiable Student Information (January 2017)
Federal Register March 17, 2016: USED issued guidelines for States related to requirements under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento Act), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These guidelines address ways in which a State may (1) assist local educational agencies (LEAs) to implement the provisions related to homeless children and youths amended by the ESSA and (2) review and revise policies and procedures that may present barriers to the identification, enrollment, attendance, and success of homeless children and youths in school.
March 13, 2017: USED released Revised Consolidated State Plan Template.
Information on state plan submission and review.
List of Non-Federal Negotiators (March 4, 2016)
Letter to ED expressing concerns regarding the composition of the negotiated rulemaking committee (March 10, 2016).
Request for Information, Published Dec. 22, 2015:- Text
In this Federal Register notice, the Secretary of Education is soliciting advice and recommendations from interested parties prior to publishing proposed regulations to implement programs under title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Written comments on or before January 21, 2016.
Additionally, the Secretary announces two regional meetings
for the public to provide advice and recommendations:
- January 11, 2016 - 9am-5pm at the U.S. Dept. of Education, Washington, D.C. ::
- January 19, 2016 - 9am-5pm at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. ::
Notices of Proposed Rulemaking :: Final Regulations
- Accountability, state plans, and data reporting
Proposed regulations (published May 31, 2016)
Final Regulation: Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting (November 28, 2016) -> Withdrawn by the US Congress on March 9, 2017
Proposed regulations (published July 11, 2016)
Notice of Final Regulation: Title I, Part A
- Innovative assessment pilot (published July 11, 2016)
Proposed regulations (USED Fact Sheet)
Notice of Final essa: Title I, Part B
Activities in the U.S. Congress relating to ESSA implementation
Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee
U.S. House of Representatives
Education and the Workforce Committee