To the Editor:
The Every Student Succeeds Act seems like more of the same rhetoric we saw under No Child Left Behind (“Weighing In on ESSA,” Aug. 24, 2016). Accountability and subgroup disaggregation are still prominent. Yet, there is limited information on public school choice, the financial impact of experimental charters, or private school vouchers for students in low-performing schools. Deregulation of the public school system is not the solution. An intensive needs-assessment along with a plan for blended learning and creative ways to measure mastery for students is more critical for students’ success.
Sandy Womack Jr.
North Canton, Ohio
A version of this article appeared in the September 21, 2016 edition of Education Week as ESSA Alone Not Enough To Help Students