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 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 Oct. 19, 2017

P.E. Class Isn’t Just Extra, Our Kids Need It

The health and wellbeing of American students should be paramount, regardless of socioeconomic status. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Across the country, the…

By Jeff Mushkin

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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 Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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