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Here’s Where the Every Student Succeeds Act Stands

By Alyson Klein — April 03, 2019 1 min read
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The Every Student Succeeds Act turned three years old in December, but only recently have many districts and schools begun to experience the law’s impact.

That’s because states and districts have only just started identifying low-performing schools. Those schools are starting to create plans to fix their issues. And relatively soon, more schools are going to be identified for problems with particular groups of students. Plus, states are going to have to put all sorts of new information on their report cards, including financial transparency requirements. And states that are building brand-new tests are starting to putting that work to the test.

Want to dive deeper? We’ve got just the special report for you, with stories by the Politics K-12 team and our great colleague Daarel Burnette II of State EdWatch fame.

•Want a good overview of what’s going on with ESSA, and why you may not see big dramatic change from this law? I’ve got your one-stop overview here.

•When ESSA passed, there were big concerns about whether schools would continue to focus on vulnerable groups of students. Were those fears well-founded? Andrew explores it the issue here.

•ESSA has a big focus on data and transparency. How’s that shaking out? Daarel explains.

•What happens when a state tries to go way outside the box on testing? Andrew breaks it down.

•States and districts are supposed to choose evidence-based interventions under ESSA. Will that actually happen? I looked into it.

Want to know something about ESSA that we didn’t cover? Email us at or

Want to learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act? Here’s some useful information:

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