Technology’s Role in the New ESSAFor years, the promise of technology has been realized in classrooms across the country. Finally, federal education policy will support such practice. With the President’s signature in December of 2015, No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The difference between the two laws is similar to the difference between the Commodore 64 and the iPhone 6 plus. Under ESSA, and based on feedback from virtually the entire scope of K-12, accountability systems will finally rely on more than test scores, and school improvement policy will no longer be dictated from Washington, D.C., as significant power has been returned to the state and local levels. Similar to NCLB, federal emphasis will remain on equity – providing additional resources and support to those who have traditionally been underserved so that all students will be prepared for success in their future.
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