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The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 10, 2015.
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The Every Student Succeeds Act: An ESSA Overview

The new Every Student Succeeds Act rolls back much of the federal government's big footprint in education policy, on everything from testing and teacher quality to low-performing schools. And it gives new leeway to states in calling the shots. (March 31, 2016)

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Spotlight on ESSA (2018)

As proposed rules emerge on The Every Student Succeeds Act, policymakers and educators are grappling with the impact of the law on data reporting, accountability, and parent and community engagement. In this Spotlight, learn about the key highlights of the new law and reactions to the proposed rules on accountability, test participation, and school interventions.

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No Child Left Behind
Adequate Yearly Progress
Every Student Succeeds Act

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08/20 12:01 am | Public Support for Teachers' Unions and Charter Schools Grows, Survey Says | The annual Education Next survey of public attitudes' towards education also affirmed previous polling that there's a divide among Democrats by race over school ...

Special Collection

Special Report: ESSA on the Runway
The Every Student Succeeds Act makes its classroom debut this fall. Here’s a look at where things stand after more than two years of preparation by states and school districts that must make ESSA legislative blueprint a reality.

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Quiz Yourself: How Much Do You Know About ESSA?
What is the "Weighted Student Funding Pilot", how do select states plan to use Title II funding, and how does ESSA influence state flexibility in determining teacher evaluation criteria?

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A Guide to State ESSA Plans: Goals, Teacher Quality, and More
Nearly all states have now laid out their blueprints for how they intend to hold schools accountable under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Here's our review of state ESSA plans.

Approved ESSA Plans: Explainer and Key Takeaways From Each State
Here's a breakdown of what states and the District of Columbia plan to do with their new flexibility under the Every Student Succeeds Act to set achievement goals and take other action in the area of school accountability.

On-Demand Webinars

Every Student Succeeds Act Webinars
Professional development opportunity: This collection of webinars on the Every Student Succeeds Act covers what the law means for classroom teachers, schools, districts, and education companies.

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Just who's responsible for ESSA anymore? Megan Duff and Priscilla Wohlstetter share three takeaways from researching the law's implementation.
July 15, 2019 – Education Week
May 18, 2016 – Education Week
With the details for ESSA implementation still unfolding, it’s a key time to seek stakeholder input, write Martin J. Blank and Kent McGuire.
May 11, 2016 – Education Week
With the passage of ESSA, states must build on the college- and career-readiness progress of the past decade, writes Matt Gandal.
April 20, 2016 – Education Week
ESSA shifts K-12 policy authority to the states, but it's no guarantee that schooling will improve, writes Michael V. McGill.
March 9, 2016 – Education Week
February 17, 2016 – Education Week
Testing issues and states without NCLB waivers are among the topics discussed in some recent the Education Department guidance on transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act.
February 10, 2016 – Education Week
For big-city districts, Puerto Rico and Spain have becoming recruiting hot spots amid a shortage of teachers for dual-immersion and English-as-a-second-language programs.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
Despite the rise of the testing opt-out movement, states are still on the hook to assure that 95 percent of eligible students take state exams in English/language arts and math.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week
School turnaround plans that replicate unsuccessful state-takeover models are a disservice to students, argue Kent McGuire and three researchers.
January 27, 2016 – Education Week

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