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 July 27, 2018

Florida’s Poorest Students Are Among the Nation’s Highest Achieving, So Why Won’t DeVos Approve Their State Plan?

It looks like the feds are having a hard time figuring out what to do with Florida. After California and Utah’s education plans were approved…

By Lane Wright

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Posted June 26, 2018

I Was a Homeless Student and School Helped Me Find My Way Home

I first experienced homelessness with my family, then on my own. I was born to a single mother and a father who was absent because…

By Jamie Warren

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Posted June 13, 2018

The One Thing Every Teacher Should Do This Summer Is Vote

As the school year winds down, I have been watching with interest a debate on social media among educators about the best answer to the…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Apr. 3, 2018

This New Study Shows That Testing Isn’t Everything, But We Still Need It

Figuring out how students are doing in school is a lot harder than most of us realize. That’s what I’m taking away after digging into…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Mar. 22, 2018

States Won’t Hold Schools Accountable, That’s Your Job, Betsy

Of all the boneheaded things Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during her disastrous “60 Minutes” interview, the one comment that portends the most far-reaching damage…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 15, 2018

Here’s How ESSA Can Create Strong, Diverse School Leadership

When I became principal of Ranson IB Middle School in 2011, one of the first challenges I faced as principal was one that never came…

By Alison Welcher

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Posted Jan. 10, 2018

Here’s How Education Reformers Can Up Our Game in 2018

Let’s face it: 2017 was a really rough year for education, and all things political. So 2018 leaves us ample room to up our game—as…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Dec. 21, 2017

When It Comes to Education Reform, Teachers See the Glass Half Full

“Reform” has become something of a dirty word in education policy and advocacy debates, thanks to a relentless disinformation campaign on the part of reform…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

English-Language Learners Deserve to Know How Their Schools Are Doing and These Changes Will Help

Each year, states publish “report cards” on student performance in K-12 education, as measured by math and reading tests, graduation rates and other key indicators.…

By Janie T. Carnock

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Posted Dec. 12, 2017

State Education Plans Should Be More Than Technical Exercises

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was a big win for states—shifting much of the authority for public education vision and goals from the federal…

By Jim Cowen

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Posted Aug. 13, 2018

This School Year, Let’s Show What Happens When Parents and Teachers Work as a Team

A parent is a child’s first teacher. It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.” It…

By Monica Lewis

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Posted Aug. 9, 2018

How Pedro Martinez Is Innovating With the San Antonio Community to Create New Schools

This is the second in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

My Son Was Not Going to Be a Victim of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

My son Jadon loved everything about school, until he didn’t. He was eager to learn, read, write and make friends. At 5, he had already…

By Kelisa Wing

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