Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama, and reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA/NCLB), the nation's national education law. The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.
The ESSA requires that:
1. All students in America are to be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to success in college and careers.
2. Ensure that vital information if provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessment that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
3. Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.