Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the most recent version of our country’s federal education law. The primary goal of this law is to improve educational equity for students from lower-income families by providing federal funds to school districts serving poor students.

The law is actually the eighth reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, originally passed as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty campaign.

This most recent reauthorization was passed by Congress in December 2015 when lawmakers revamped No Child Left Behind and renamed it the Every Student Succeeds Act. Though each reauthorization brought changes to the program, the central goal remains: improving the educational opportunities and outcomes for children from lower-income families.

For more on the federal law, check out our ABC’s of ESEA, ESSA and No Child Left Behind. Below are recent posts related to ESSA.

Posted Aug. 31, 2017

Americans Support Testing: Someone Tell PDK

PDK International has been polling on the subject of education for decades, releasing annual reports that generate a lot of media coverage and drive public…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 23, 2017

Don’t Let Teacher Leadership Become a Meaningless Buzzword

As we enter back-to-school season, I’m anticipating a heavy dose of talk about the importance of “lifting” the teaching profession. I frequently heard talking points…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Aug. 16, 2017

Illinois’ School Accountability Plan Doesn’t Work for Our Kids and the Feds Told Them So

It’s comforting to learn that the feds (i.e. The U.S. Department of Education run by Secretary Betsy DeVos) has some serious concerns about Illinois accountability…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Aug. 2, 2017

Kentucky’s Schools Are Getting Better, But Black and Poor Students Are Still Falling Behind

In recent years, Kentucky’s public schools have found themselves in a classic good-news, bad-news situation. The good news: Over the last 10 years or so,…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 28, 2017

Coffee Break: Candice McQueen on Equity, Lattes and Staying on Top

If I had to pick one word that critics and supporters of Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Candice McQueen might agree on to describe her, it would…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 27, 2017

Will States Hold Their Schools Accountable Under ESSA? A New Report Sheds Some Light

The ever-reliable edu-wonks over at Bellwether Education Partners, along with the trusted folks at Collaborative for Student Success (CSS), have put together a comprehensive review…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted June 14, 2017

Coffee Break: Hanna Skandera on Her Preferred Coffee Shade, New Mexico’s Rise and Truth-Telling

The schools of New Mexico have benefitted from strong and stable leadership at the state level for the past seven years. During that time, Secretary…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 8, 2017

Test Scores Are Important But I Wish Fordham Would Have Looked at What Else Matters to Parents and Community Members

One of the most important questions in education is: How will students and schools—district and chartered—be evaluated? While well intentioned, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s…

By Joe Nathan

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Posted June 5, 2017

How States Are Approaching School Accountability

For the most part, what states measure for school quality has already been decided by federal law under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Every state,…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 1, 2017

Before You Panic About Your High School Ranking, Find Out What the Data Really Says.

Oh, the angst that could be prevented by a bit of accurate data. One of my neighbors recently posted to our community Facebook group lamenting…

By Elizabeth Dabney

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago Is Raising Them

Today, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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