ESEA

As Congress turns its attention to reauthorizing the nation’s most critical law protecting educational equity, we’ve collected a number of resources to help understand what this law is and where things stand with its renewal.

Frequently-Asked Questions

What is ESEA? What is NCLB? Why is it important? Our FAQ answers these questions and more:
The ABC’s of ESEA and No Child Left Behind → 

Our Recent Posts on ESEA

Posted Aug. 30, 2019

Want a Better Assessment? Start by Asking the Right Question.

In state after state, politicians, parents, advocacy groups and educators are re-evaluating the role that end-of-year tests should play in K-12 education. Given the high…

By Arthur VanderVeen

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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 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 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 May 5, 2017

Teach For America Could Be Exactly What America’s Schools Need to Reduce Implicit Bias

As a young man, President Lyndon Johnson taught desperately poor children in South Texas and would often reference this eye-opening experience during his time in…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Nov. 16, 2016

Right Now We Are Numb. But We Will Rise and Fight for Kids.

The election of Donald Trump has evoked pain and emotion for so many. I read their blog posts. I watch them protest. I see their…

By Jumoke Hinton

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Posted June 13, 2016

Here’s How Secretary King Is Living Up to a 50-Year-Old Promise

Kevin Kosar, a fellow at a conservative think tank, wrote a blog post for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute aimed at Education Secretary John King’s…

By Eric Lerum

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Posted Dec. 17, 2015

The LA Times Makes a Common (Core) Error

Even though Common Core State Standards have been around for years, it still seems as though folks are having trouble really understanding what they are—despite the fact that it’s built right into the name. To put it plainly, the Common Core State Standards are a set of standards. State. Standards. Despite that crystal-clear title, the Los Angeles Times editorial board couldn't be bothered with getting it right—and not just when it…

By Education Post

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Posted Dec. 14, 2015

If They Can Make Progress in Washington, Can’t We Do the Same Here in Illinois

From my vantage point in Chicago, these past few weeks were surreal on the education landscape. In Washington we saw an all-too-rare but wonderful example…

By Elizabeth Evans

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Posted Dec. 13, 2015

Senator Alexander’s Misleading Victory Lap

In this remarkable age of extreme partisanship, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander can rightly take much of the credit for America’s new K-12 education law, passed…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 18, 2020

Black Excellence Does Exist and It Lives in Our Kids

I’m guilty of saying Black boys and girls are failing in school—a good chunk of us are. Going forward, I’m committing to correcting that language…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 17, 2020

Yes, White Teachers Still Need to Be Ready to Talk to Students About Race

“What’s the difference between a killing and a lynching?” The question popped up on my phone through the Google Hangouts app I installed in March.…

By Desiree Mitchel

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Posted Sep. 15, 2020

Kids Need to Write More. A Lot More.

Growing up with teachers for parents, my siblings and I were taught that writing is an indispensable skill. We attended rigorous schools and enrichment programs…

By Aigner Picou

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