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. 12, 2021

EXPLAINED: What Is Title I and How Is It Used to Fund Our Schools?

When national politicians and lobbyists argue we should spend more money on K-12 education, they’re almost always talking about increasing allocations for a federal funding…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 8, 2021

EXPLAINED: What Are Standardized Tests and Why Do We Need Them?

Few education topics get parents, teachers, and school leaders more riled up than discussions about using results from student tests to measure the quality of…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 24, 2020

Civil Rights Groups Insist on Testing: ‘You Cannot Improve What You Do Not Measure.’

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. In this case, the clock is soon-to-be-Ex-Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who has told states that…

By Laura Waters

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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 Sep. 22, 2021

4 Tips to Help Parents Navigate These Traumatic Times

How many times have we heard it said that “these are unprecedented times?” That statement may have provided some comfort at the start of the…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Sep. 24, 2021

Here’s Why Black People Being Whipped at the Border Is Like the Public Education System

Look at this picture of a white man on a horse appearing to whip a Black man.  And no, this isn’t from the year 1712.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 22, 2021

More Than One Million Parents Voted With Their Feet to Choose the Best Option For Their Family

A new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (NAPCS) finds that enrollment in district public schools dropped 3% from school years 2019-2020…

By Laura Waters

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