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Every Student Succeds Act (formerly, No Child Left Behind)

What's next for NCLB/ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act)?  And what about the Race to the Top initiative of the Obama administration?  Check here for updates on the latest news coverage as well as research and reports.  Posting here does not indicate Partnership endorsement. Entries go back to 2015.  Please report any broken links here.

U.S. Department of Education

Georgia Department of Education (statement from Superintendent Richard Woods on the reauthorization of ESEA)

Center On Education Policy


Inside the Every Student Succeeds Act
Education Week

The year-end passage and signing of the Act represents more than just a rare bipartisan agreement on the part of the nation’s chronically polarized policymakers. For the first time in more than a decade—and a half-century after enactment of the country’s main K-12 law—Congress has redefined the federal role in elementary and secondary education. (January 2016)


Alexander: Federal Role On K-12 Will Be "Very Different" Under ESSA
Education Week

Attention U.S. Department of Education officials gearing up to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act: Get ready to raise your right hand and swear under oath. (You too, school district and state officials.) (December 2015)

How ESSA  will boost ed-tech funding
eSchool News

The Every Student Succeeds Act includes block grants intended for technology, among other uses. It also opens the door to new state testing systems. (December 2015)

New education law includes music as a core subject

The recently passed piece of legislation that replaces the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, better known as No Child Left Behind, includes music as a core subject. (December 2015)

Why the New Education Law is Good for Children Left Behind
New York Times

The Every Student Succeeds Act shifts, for the first time since the Reagan years, the balance of power in education away from Washington and back to the states. That’s a welcome about-face. (December 2015) 

Leaving No Child Left Behind, Advocates Celebrate Obama's signing of Student Succeeds Act
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Assn., and Cornell Williams Brooks is CEO and president of the NAACP... The pair discuss the end of NCLB and their hopes for the new law. (December 2015) 

Georgia will decide school testing under changed federal law
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

When President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, the oft-criticized annual tests did not vanish, but states are no longer required to impose heavy sanctions on schools with poor scores. (December 2015)

Senate approves overhaul of No Child Left Behind Bill
New York Times

The Senate on Wednesday approved a sweeping revision of the contentious No Child Left Behind law, sending to President Obama’s desk a proposal that ends an era of federal control in education policy after 14 years. (December 2015) 

ESEA reauthorization continues a long federal retreat from American classrooms

Although many groups have lauded the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) because it abolishes the hated "No Child Left Behind” (NCLB), ESSA is less a “repeal” than another step in the federal retreat from the classroom and a testament to the continuing education exceptionalism in American politics. (December 2015) 

House votes to trim NCLB
Associated Press

The House voted overwhelmingly December 2 to scale back the federal role in American education. However, the bill would retain the testing requirement in the 2002 No Child Left Behind law that many parents, teachers and school districts abhor. (December 2015) 

Congressman John Kline, Chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, talks NCLB and Common Core
Collaborative for Student Success

Rep. John Kline says the bipartisan agreement reached in committee is a “huge win for conservatives.” “[NCLB was] just a mess,” explains Rep. Kline, but lawmakers “hammered out” a compromise that “fulfills all the principles we were trying to get on this side of the aisle… We have to empower parents with choice, we have to reduce the huge federal footprint in education.” (December 2015)

Opinion:  To my friends on the Left and Right: Please stop polarizing the ESEA debate
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

It’s finally here: Our best chance to update the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since its passage shortly after 9/11.  A whole generation of students has come and gone, yet our nation’s key education law remains the same. (July 2015) 

Education Reform: Don't Ditch Accountability
National Review

For decades, conservatives have generally followed two principles when it comes to federal K–12 education policy: Respect state and local control of schools, and demand improved academic achievement in exchange for federal funds. (July 2015)