A New Education Law
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.
The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.
For example, today, high school graduation rates are at all-time highs. Dropout rates are at historic lows. And more students are going to college than ever before. These achievements provide a firm foundation for further work to expand educational opportunity and improve student outcomes under ESSA.
The previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002. NCLB represented a significant step forward for our nation’s children in many respects, particularly as it shined a light on where students were making progress and where they needed additional support, regardless of race, income, zip code, disability, home language, or background. The law was scheduled for revision in 2007, and, over time, NCLB’s prescriptive requirements became increasingly unworkable for schools and educators. Recognizing this fact, in 2010, the Obama administration joined a call from educators and families to create a better law that focused on the clear goal of fully preparing all students for success in college and careers.
Congress has now responded to that call.
The Every Student Succeeds Act reflects many of the priorities of this administration.
- Dear Colleague Letter on Stakeholder Engagement (June 22, 2016)
- White House Fact Sheet on House Passage of ESSA
- Read excerpts from U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan's remarks on ESSA
- Read the Every Student Succeeds Act
- Sign up for news about ESSA
- Sign up for email updates about ESSA
- Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fact Sheet for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Title I, Part A and Part B
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting
- Accountability Overview: Powerpoint | Audio (June 6, 2016)
- State Plans and Data Reporting Overview: Powerpoint | Audio (June 9, 2016)
- Fact Sheet for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting
- Chart Comparing Proposed Regulations to NCLB
- Press Release for Proposed Regulations on Accountability, State Plans, and Data Reporting
Guidance and Regulatory Information
Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care:
- An Overview of the ED/HHS Joint Guidance PowerPoint Presentation (July 27, 2016)
- Overview Webinar Audio Recording (July 27, 2016)
- Homeless Student Guidance (July 27, 2016)
- Homeless Student Guidance Fact Sheet (July 27, 2016)
- Homeless Student Notice of Rights and Protections (July 27, 2016)
- ESSA Transition FAQs (June 29, 2016)
- Foster Care Guidance (June 23, 2016)
- Dear Colleague Letter on Foster Care Guidance (June 23, 2016)
- Dear Colleague Letter on Foster Care Timelines (June 23, 2016)
- ESSA Dear Colleague Letter (January 28, 2016)
- ESSA Webinar Powerpoint (December 22, 2015)
- ESSA Webinar Audio Recording (December 22, 2016)
- Dear Colleague Letter on the Transition to ESSA (December 18, 2015)
- Dear Colleague Letter on the New ESSA Law (December 10, 2015)
ESSA Regional Public Meetings:
All public hearings were held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time.
University of California Los Angeles, Carnesale Commons: (January 19, 2016)
U.S. Department of Education:(January 11, 2016)
- Title I, Part A assessments – Final Consensus-Based Regulatory Language (April 19, 2016)
- Draft Organizational Protocols for the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee (March 17, 2016)
- List of Non-Federal Negotiators (March 4, 2016)
- Sessions 1 Materials (March 21-23, 2016)
- Sessions 2 Materials (April 6-8, 2016)
- Sessions 3 Materials (April 18-19, 2016)
- Negotiator Nomination FAQs (February 22, 2016)
- Rulemaking Webinar / Audio (February 17, 2016)
- Federal Register Notice (February 4, 2016)
- FAQs (February 3, 2016)