Every Student Succeeds Act (2015)
It's the end of an era for No Child Left Behind.
What is ESSA?
The new education bill which was signed into law in December 2015, known as the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), received bipartisan support from members of Congress. The bill replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and brings with it a decentralized approach to education.
What's different about ESSA?
NCLB held hope for closing the achievement gap by holding schools accountable to high standards. Unfortunately, the bill didn't take into account each school's unique community needs, and it fell short of its goals due to the "one-size fits all" approach. ESSA puts ownership of schools back into the local school district's hands.
What does that mean for school districts?
Teacher evaluation systems and accountability for the school district's performance will be determined by state and local education agencies instead of the federal government.
What does that mean for students?
The new legislation offers a flexible approach to student testing. Students will still be tested, but the amount of testing will decrease. High stakes testing is no longer required.