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Additional ESSA Information

Statement Pushing for Equity in State’s ESSA Plans: In October 2017, the Alliance submitted a statement for the record to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing on “The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Unleashing State Innovation.” The statement emphasizes that while ESSA provides states with flexibility, that flexibility must not jeopardize access to a high-quality education for all students, especially those who are traditionally underserved. Read the full statement.

Recommendations for Non-Regulatory Guidance for ESSA: In May 2016, the Alliance offered comments, recommendations, and accompanying rationale to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) as ED drafts non-regulatory guidance to assist states, districts, and other grantees to implement ESSA. Read the recommendations.

Recommendations on ESSA Implementation: During a January 11 public meeting on ESSA, Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise urged the U.S. Department of Education to clarify the law’s focus on traditionally underserved students and the nation’s lowest-performing high schools. Read Wise’s statement and recommendations.

Recommendations for Implementation of Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act: Recommendations submitted by the Alliance for Excellent Education to the U.S. Department of Education regarding several regulations to ensure every student has the opportunity to graduate from high school ready for college, a career, and citizenship. Download the recommendations.

Regulatory Recommendations for Supporting Deeper Learning in ESSA: Recommendations from the Alliance for Excellent Education and Learning Policy Institute on how ESSA regulations can create deeper learning opportunities for all students and ensure that all students graduate from high school fully prepared for college, a career, and citizenship. Download the recommendations.

Coalition Letters on Deeper Learning: Joint letters from organizations supporting deeper learning to the U.S. Department of Education on how ESSA implementation can support state and local innovation and to promote equity in opportunities for deeper learning. Download letter one (general). Download letter two (accountability).

Grad Nation Letter Urging Strong Support and Accountability for Graduation Rates: A joint letter to the U.S. Department of Education from the Alliance for Excellent Education, America’s Promise Alliance, Civic Enterprises, and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education offering recommendations to ensure a strong focus on high school graduation rates through ESSA regulations. The letter specifically focuses on (1) low-graduation-rate high schools; (2) subgroup accountability for graduation rates; and (3) graduation rates within accountability systems. Download the letter.

Press Statement of Support: Alliance for Excellent Education President Bob Wise says that the Every Student Succeeds Act “keeps the nation’s foot on the high school graduation rate pedal while also providing states and districts with a great deal of flexibility and responsibility.” Read his complete statement in support of ESSA.

Letter of Support: The Alliance for Excellent Education is pleased to endorse the Every Student Succeeds Act. It places an important emphasis on the nation’s lowest-performing high schools and will support the work of educators across America to continue increasing the nation’s high school graduation rate and ensure that all students have the opportunity to succeed in postsecondary education and the workforce. Read the Alliance’s letter of support for ESSA.

Coalition letter on ESSA Regulations: A letter sent by the Alliance and more than 50 civil rights organizations to Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King stating that as the U.S. Department of Education issues regulations to support the implementation of ESSA, there is a clear federal role in ensuring equal educational opportunities and success for traditionally underserved students. Read the Alliance’s letter on ESSA Regulations.


Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.