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 June 21, 2021

Great Principals Are Strong Instructional Leaders First

School principals must feel a lot like circus performers. Just as a performer is expected to juggle multiple balls, bowling pins, or torches while dangling…

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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 Mar. 15, 2021

School Discipline Explained: Why It Harms Students of Color and How We Can Fix It

Over many decades, America’s disciplinary policies, from preschool to high school, have disproportionately affected marginalized students. This difference creates a “discipline gap.” Black students account…

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Posted Dec. 10, 2020

Every Student Succeeds Act’s Fifth Anniversary: Nothing to Celebrate

Five years ago TikTok, the video-sharing social networking platform, didn’t even exist. Today, the New York Times reports that over one-third of its 49 million daily users…

By Patrick Riccards

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Posted Mar. 10, 2020

Tell Your State to Show School Funding Disparities

If you want to fight for fairness in your school district, you need to know how much money your district is spending in each school…

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Posted Dec. 3, 2019

How We Covered the Biggest Education News of the Decade

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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, 2018

America Has Always Used Schools as a Weapon Against Native Americans

When Michelle Obama and her husband visited students of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota in the summer of 2014, she met students…

By Katrina Boone

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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 July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

By Casey Pettit

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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