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 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 Dec. 12, 2017

State ESSA Plans Are Weak Tea, But Here Are 3 Things We Can Do Right Now

When federal policymakers passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) two years ago, they hoped that states would be innovative in solving local needs and…

By Max Marchitello, Kaitlin Pennington

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Posted Dec. 4, 2017

I’ve Been Teaching for 12 Years and I Love My Job But We’ve Got to Change Some Things

This week, I had a conversation with a colleague about a common topic for teachers at this point in the school year—exhaustion. This is my…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted Nov. 3, 2017

Finally, Ed Tech Is Partnering with Teachers to Improve the Impact of Personalized Learning

I’ll just say it: As a teacher, I hated the “ed tech” conversation. Sure, I used basic technology in my classroom—maybe some iPads, or websites…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Oct. 23, 2017

Kentucky’s Changing How Schools Are Judged and Here’s Why You Should Care

With the adoption of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the marquee educational law that Congress passed in 2015, Kentucky stands ready to dramatically shift…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Oct. 23, 2017

When I Switched School Districts I Saw What It Really Means to Believe in Kids

As soon as I graduated from college, I moved back home to Philadelphia and fumbled through a few jobs before finding a career path in…

By Robin Muldor-Engram

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is a problem, then, that only…

By Max Marchitello, Chad Aldeman

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities

Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

A Bullet Took My Student and I Want to Remember Him by Saving Other Lives

Take a moment and think back to when you were 12 years old. See life through the eyes of your 12-year-old self. What were you…

By Valerie Groth

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