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.
State and Local Report Cards
- Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources (April 10, 2019)
- ESEA Dear Colleague Letter on State Plan Amendments (November 14, 2018)
- ESSA Dear Colleague Letter on ESEA Section 8546 Requirements (June 27, 2018)
- Student-Centered Funding Pilot
- Memorandum to Title I Directors Regarding the Timeline for Implementing the New Title I Supplement, Not Supplant Requirements (December 6, 2017)
- Consolidated State Plans Reminders Webinar (August 1, 2017)
- ESSA Dear Colleague Letter on per-pupil expenditures reporting (June 28, 2017)
- Consolidated State Plan Frequently Asked Questions (June 16, 2017)
- ESSA Dear Colleague Letter on School Support and Improvement Activities and Consultation (April 10, 2017)
- Revised Consolidated State plan requirements
- ESSA State Plan Submission
- Secretary DeVos' Letter to States regarding consolidated State plans (February 10, 2017)
- ESSA State Plan Notice of Intent
- Dear Colleague Letter on ESSA Transition Technical Assistance and Resources (August 5, 2016)
- 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
- ESSA technical assistance resources
- Final Regulation: Outdated or Superseded Regulations – Title I, Parts A through C; Christa McAuliffe Fellowship Program; and Empowerment Zone or Enterprise Community (August 21, 2018)
- Fact Sheet for Final Regulations (August 21, 2018)
- Final Regulation: Assessments (December 7, 2016)
- Notice of Final Regulation: Title I, Part A
- Notice of Final Regulation: Title I, Part B
- Fact Sheet for Final Regulations: Title I, Part A and Part B
- Presentation: Assessment Regulations - Title I, Parts A and B (January 11, 2017)
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Supplement, Not Supplant under Title I
- Fact Sheet for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Supplement, Not Supplant under Title I
Guidance and Regulatory Information
ESSA Transition FAQs, Webinars, and Dear Colleague Letters
DRAFT Opportunities and Responsibilities for State and Local Report Cards (March 28, 2019)
This document addresses the requirements for state and local report cards under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. This document is posted for stakeholder review and comment through April 29, 2019. We ask that you refrain from providing line-edits of the document. Instead, please submit substantive comments about the content in the draft or additional questions that should be addressed to OESE.Feedback@ed.gov with the subject “State and Local Report Cards” by April 29, 2019. We will consider your comments in making revisions, but will not provide responses to individual comments.
- DRAFT Updated Title I, Part A Equitable Services Non-Regulatory Guidance (March 11, 2019).
This document addresses the changes that the Every Student Succeeds Act made to the Title I, Part A equitable services requirements in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. It updates the Department’s previously released guidance. This document is posted for stakeholder review and comment through April 9, 2019. We ask that you refrain from providing line-edits of the document. Instead, please submit substantive comments about the content of the draft, including feedback on any additional topics you would like to see included, to email@example.com by April 9, 2019. We will consider comments in making revisions but will not provide responses to individual comments.
- Crosswalk between draft Title I, Part A guidance on equitable services and prior non-regulatory (March 28, 2019).
- Secretary’s letter to congress regarding ESEA provisions restricting religious organizations as contract providers of equitable services are unconstitutional (March 11, 2019) - Fact Sheet
- Title I Supplement, not Supplant Non-Regulatory Informational Document (June 19, 2019)
- ESEA Sec. 1003 Funding for School Improvement & ESEA Sec. 1003A Direct Student Services Webinar (July 18, 2018)
- Dear Colleague Letter on the use of remaining School Improvement Grants (SIG) Funds (January 9, 2018)
- ESSA Dear Colleague Letter on 2017-2018 Transition (January 13, 2017)
- ESSA Transition FAQs (January 18, 2017)
- ESSA Fiscal Changes & Equitable Services Guidance (November 21, 2016)
- ESSA Title IV, Part A Guidance – Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program (October 21, 2016)
- Non-Regulatory Guidance: Title II, Part A October 13, 2016
- ESSA Webinar Audio Recording (October 13, 2016)
- Non-Regulatory Guidance: English Learners and Title III Program October 5, 2016
- ESSA Webinar Audio Recording (October 5, 2016)
- ESSA Schoolwide Guidance (September 29, 2016)
- ESSA Dear Colleague Letter on Tribal Consultation (September 26, 2016)
- Evidence Guidance (September 16, 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)
Title II, Part A
- ESSA Title II, Part A Guidance – Supporting Educators (September 27, 2016)
Title III, Part A
- ESSA Title III Guidance – English Learners (September 23, 2016)
- Addendum to September 23, 2016 Non-Regulatory Guidance: English Learners and Title III of the ESEA (January 2, 2019)
Children in Foster Care
- Dear Colleague Letter on Implementation of Educational Stability Requirements (December 5, 2016)
- Effective Collaboration Webinar PowerPoint (September 7, 2016)
- An Overview of the ED/HHS Joint Guidance PowerPoint Presentation (July 27, 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)
Education for Homeless Children and Youth
- Homeless Student Guidance (Updated August 2018)
- Letter regarding Title I, Part A reservation to serve homeless students (July 30, 2018)
- Homeless Student Guidance Fact Sheet (July 27, 2016)
- Homeless Student Notice of Rights and Protections (July 27, 2016)
- Click here to find additional technical assistance tools, resources, and information to support ESSA implementation.
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)
- Note The documents below are for informational purposes only.
Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress has passed, and the President has signed, a resolution of disapproval of the accountability and State plans final regulations that were published on November 29, 2016 (81 FR 86076). The resolution of disapproval invalidates the accountability and State plan final regulations which are no longer applicable.