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

Check here for ESSA 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.

Every Student Succeeds Act Web Site (provided by Collaborative for Student Success) - June 23

U.S. Department of Education - Draft DOE regulations for ESSA (provided by EdSource) - May 27

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

Center On Education Policy

Here's a great way to stay up to speed on ESSA developments thanks to the Collaborative for Student Success.  Their ESSA Weekly Advance provides the latest news (see current headlines on the left side of this page).  Click here to sign up.


Four Approaches to ESSA Accountability
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Though it sometimes appears that Education Secretary John King didn't get the memo, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents a significant devolution of authority from the federal government to the states. (June 15)

Schools to Begin Monitoring Students from Military Families
Stars and Stripes

Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law. (June 1)

Making the Grade - A 50-State Analysis of School Accountability Systems
Center for American Progress

State accountability systems vary in complexity, and while the majority of states have surpassed the requirements of No Child Left Behind, nearly all states will need to make adjustments to comply fully with the Every Student Succeeds Act. Related article. (May 19)

The Arts Education Partnership, ESSA and a Well Rounded Education
Education Commission of the States

One of AEP’s current priorities is developing resources that support the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which opens several important opportunities for including the arts in U.S. classrooms. (May 13) 

Expanding Equity:  Leveraging the ESSA to Provide Direct Student Services
Chiefs for Change

This report is a kind of how-to-guide for states and districts interested in taking advantage of the chance to set aside 3 percent of statewide Title I funds for "direct student services." Related story. (May 2) 

Music Education and ESSA
National Association for Music Education

Many say it is a "new day" for music education under ESSA. (May 2)

Sen. Lamar Alexander on the nation's new education law and how it could shape Tennessee (and other states) schools
Chalkbeat Tennessee

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee has one underlying message to share about the federal education law he co-authored and co-sponsored last year in Congress: Leave decisions about schools up to local stakeholders. (April 28)

Pathways to New Accountability Through the Every Student Succeeds Act
Learning Policy Institute

The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with flexibility and the responsibility to design and implement new systems of accountability, support, and intervention. With the new law comes an opportunity. Introduction. (April 27)

Redesigning School Accountability and Support: Progress in Pioneering States
Learning Policy Institute

During 2015, a group of diverse states began to work together in a shared learning community to redesign their accountability systems so as to better support school improvement and students’ acquisition of deeper learning skills. Introduction. (April 27)

Draft ESSA regulations:  A mixed bag for educational excellence
Thomas B. Fordham Institute

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a “negotiated rulemaking” process whenever the Department of Education issues regulations under parts of the law pertaining to assessments, academic standards, and several other topics. (April 14)

The Every Student Succeeds Act: An ESSA Overview
Education Week

(Subscription may be required.) The Every Student Succeeds Act takes full effect in the 2017-18 school year. This review provides key elements of the law. (March 31)

State Actions to Advance Teacher Evaluation
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

What will happen to teacher evaluation in Georgia (and other states) under the Every Student Succeeds Act?  What actions can state departments of education take to improve the accuracy and value of teacher evaluation and feedback for educators, and local and state leaders?  Introduction. (February 2016)

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)

Archived Issues of the Collaborative for Student Success Weekly Advance

(See left side for last 4 issues)

May 25 Advance:
Under ESSA, Why John King Won't Go Along to Get Along - The 74
Limited English Students' Success Tough to Gauge - Courier Journal
Making the Grade - A 50 State Analysis of School Accountability Systems - Center for American Progress
Promising State Policies for Personalized Learning - International Assn. for K-12 Online Learning
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Commemorates Brown Anniversary, Reiterates Call for School Resource Equity - The Leadership Conference

May 18 Advance:
Annual Wonk-A-Thon - ESSA - Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Teaching Reading Via Background Knowledge: Will ESSA Shift Tactics? - Education
Better Ways to Measure School Success Are Worth a Try - Washington Post
What Education Policy Can Learn from Composting - Huffington Post

May 11 Advance:
How Does the Every Student Succeeds Act Handle Foster Children? - Education Week
Opinion:  As California Fails Its Dual Language Learners, a Preview of ESSA Problems to Come? - The 74
Measuring School Quality: Non-Academic Measures in the Every Student Succeeds Act - Huffington Post
ESSA Moving Toward Implementation - CUE
Survey:  Principals, Superintendents, Still Familiarizing Themselves with ESSA - Education Week
How Can Your State Make the Most of ESSA? Start By Finding Your North Star. - Education First
Grading the Graders - A Report on Teacher Evaluation Reform in Public Education - Georgetown University

May 4 Advance:
What the Promise of Education Did for Me - National Teacher of the Year
Developing Strong Regulations for the Accountability Provisions of ESSA - The Education Trust
Sticker Shock? Figuring Out the Cost of Potential ESSA Spending Rules - Education Week
In Honor of National Music Week, How ESSA Could Strengthen Music Education - Education World
Improving School Leadership - Rand Corporation
How Can Researchers Compare District Achievement Gaps Across States? - Education Week
Civil Rights Groups Urge Education Department to Regulate Equity for School Funding - The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

April 28 Advance
The Title 1 Funding Fight - American Enterprise Institute
NYU Steinhardt Announces Education Solutions Initiative - New York University
A Guide for Leaders Who Want to Use New Funding Flexibility in ESSA - Education Week
Music Education and ESSA - National Association for Music Education
State Education Agencies and Researchers As Partners in Improving Student Outcomes - Brookings