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Daily Dish: Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act

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December 14, 2015 02:58 pm


As the new education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), takes over for No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the Alliance has created several resources to get you up to speed on what’s in the bill and the main differences between ESSA and its predecessor. But first, check out the most recent Federal Flash episode, with Alliance President Bob Wise, on what happens next now that ESSA has been signed into law.

There are a few key areas within ESSA that special editions of the Federal Flash explore, including accountability, assessments, high schools, and teachers and school leaders. If you prefer to learn via print rather than video, the Alliance has also created one-page fact sheets in each of the key areas, as well as a side-by-side chart comparing accountability provisions in NCLB, NCLB waivers, and ESSA.

  • Accountability: Under ESSA, states are accountable for focusing resources on low-performing schools and traditionally underserved students who consistently demonstrate low academic performance. Video, Fact Sheet.
  • Assessments: ESSA supports states in implementing high-quality assessments by providing new assessment flexibility, funding, and a new pilot program. These new policies will support teachers in using assessments to foster deeper learning among students, including the ability to master core academic content, think critically and solve complex problems, and communicate effectively. Video, Fact Sheet.
  • High Schools: Under ESSA, states and districts are responsible for supporting and improving the quality of low-performing high schools. Video, Fact Sheet.
  • Teachers and School Leaders: Under ESSA, states and districts are responsible for improving the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders in increasing student academic achievement. Video, Fact Sheet.

All of these materials can be found on, along with some additional information. Check it out!

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