Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

What is ESSA?

  • All Kids Matter! ESSA provides protection for vulnerable students
  • Allows parents to continue to push for equity and accountable for ALL students
  • Provides states and districts with flexibility and responsibility
  • Provides support to schools with groups of traditionally under served students who consistently demonstrate low performance.

Why Change from the NCLB (No Child Left Behind)

NCLB had the right idea.
  • The law had high standards and held each student for accountability.
  • It was made to hopefully close the achievement gap. However...
  • This act did not consider the specific needs of each community.
  • It led to too much testing and forced schools and districts to concentrate on testing and almost become "cooking cutter"

The Differences between NCLB and ESSA

  • Testing
NCLB: Required states to test students on math and English every year in the third through eighth grades, and then again once in high school. It also required at least one science test in elementary, middle and high school.
ESSA: States must still test students in the same grades but will now have flexibility in how and when they administer those tests. Annual assessment can be broken down into a series of smaller tests.
  • Common Core

NCLB: Specifically, Did not address the Common Core standards

ESSA: Allows states to adopt Common Core but it is not required.

Benefits to ESSA

  • States and districts are responsible for improving the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders in increasing student academic achievement.
  • Prohibits the government from mandating the terms of teacher evaluations
  • Maintains paraprofessional certification requirements
  • Not as test oriented! Students will enjoy learning again!
Federal Flash: Dec. 3: Key Differences Between Every Student Succeeds Act and NCLB

Video: Differences between NCLB and ESSA

Above is a great video that describes the differences of the two acts in UNDER 5 MINUTES


Korte, G. (2015, December 11). The Every Student Succeeds Act vs. No Child Left Behind:
What's changed? Retrieved January 18, 2016, from