Inside the Every Student Succeeds Act
March 9, 2016
The year-end passage and signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act represents more than just a rare bipartisan agreement on the part of the nation’s chronically polarized policymakers. For the first time in more than a decade—and a half-century after enactment of the country’s main K-12 law—Congress has redefined the federal role in elementary and secondary education. And it’s done so in a way that aims to enhance the authority of states and school districts that had long chafed at the strictures of ESSA’s predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act. Now comes the really hard part: implementation. This special report on ESSA looks at what the law will mean for virtually every aspect of public schooling when it takes full effect in the 2017-18 academic year. Topics include accountability and testing, teacher quality, research, regulation, funding, early-childhood education, and thorny issues involving student groups that often lag behind their peers.
- Every Student Succeeds Act Congress Weighs Federal Footprint as ESSA Rolls OutOversight hearings on Capitol Hill highlight some divisions between lawmakers on the best way to implement the new education law.Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA Spotlights Strategy to Reach Diverse LearnersAn instructional framework called universal design for learning, or UDL, which supports multiple ways to teach lessons, has found a niche in the Every Student Succeeds Act.Every Student Succeeds Act ELL Advocates Hopeful and Wary of New Federal K-12 LawThe new law will bring a number of changes to ELL policy that has some advocates and educators worried about the 5 million and growing population of English-learners.Every Student Succeeds Act Special Education Advocates Gear Up for ESSA ImplementationAdvocates for students with disabilities say they'll want to be at the table as states hammer out plans to comply with the new federal education law.Every Student Succeeds Act States, Districts to Call Shots on Turnarounds Under ESSAThe new federal K-12 law still requires states to identify their worst-performing schools, but states and districts have great leeway in how to turn them around.Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA Loosens Reins on Teacher Evaluations, QualificationsThe Every Student Succeeds Act could embolden some states to revise or abandon their current methods for rating teachers.Every Student Succeeds Act Will States Swap Standards-Based Tests for SAT, ACT?An ESSA provision that lets states use college-entrance exams to measure student achievement could spur a profound shift in high school testing.Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA's Flexibility on Assessment Elicits Qualms From Testing ExpertsThe Every Student Succeeds Act allows states and districts to cobble scores from interim assessments into a single, summative score, but some experts worry that will make the results less valid.Every Student Succeeds Act Explainer The Every Student Succeeds Act: ExplainedUnder the Every Student Succeeds Act, states would get significant leeway in a wide range of areas, with the U.S. Department of Education seeing its hands-on role in accountability scaled back considerably. Here are key highlights.