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Every Student Succeeds Act

Your One-Stop Shop for ESSA Info on Teachers, Testing, Money, and More

By Andrew Ujifusa — September 21, 2017 5 min read
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For teachers, parents, principals, and others, the Every Student Succeeds Act is no longer on the horizon. Now it’s in their schools.

Yes, ESSA has officially taken effect this school year. All but four states have turned in their plans for the education law’s implementation to the federal government—and some states’ plans have already gotten approved by the U.S. Department of Education. But there’s a decent chance you’re still gathering information and learning about ESSA.

To help you with that, we’ve compiled a big, fancy grab-bag stuffed with resources about the law that replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. Not everything is new: ESSA still requires those annual English/language arts and math tests once a year in grades 3-8 and once in high school. But what is new? Check it out below.

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You can also watch our catch-all ESSA video by clicking here. And for another ESSA video, check out a discussion of keys to ESSA readiness, or watch it below.

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President Barack Obama, flanked by Senate education committee Chairman Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, and the committee's ranking member Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., signs the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec. 10, 2015.

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Special thanks to Briana Brockett-Richmond at the Education Week Library for helping us put this blog post together.