Every Student Succeeds Act Primer: High Schools Report/Fact SheetApril 26, 2016
Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, states and districts are responsible for supporting and improving the quality of low-performing high schools. For all students and student subgroups, states must set long-term goals for the four-year high school graduation rate with measurements of interim progress. States may set goals for extended-year graduation rates (e.g., five-year or six-year graduation rate), but these goals must be higher than the four-year graduation rate goal.
Every Student Succeeds Act: Accountability Provisions Report/Fact SheetApril 26, 2016
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015, legislation to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the previous version of ESEA, and also supersedes the ESEA waivers created by the U.S. Department of Education to provide states with flexibility from certain requirements of NCLB. The following chart compares NCLB, ESEA waivers, and ESSA.