DeVos Clashes With Democrats Over Federal Protections in School Choice Budget Proposals

Weekend Education Reads: 12 Worthwhile Links About Students and Schools You May Have Missed

Wisconsin Lawmaker Tells Betsy DeVos That Vouchers Don’t Help Rural Kids. Research Shows He’s Right

You’re Not an ‘Interest Group’ Just Because You Believe School Funding Matters

How 2 Business-Savvy Nonprofits Are Breathing New Life Into Philadelphia’s Struggling Catholic Schools

State of American Pre-K: New Report Shows 1.5 Million Kids (and 1 in 20 3-Year-Olds) Enrolled

Trump Ed Budget Fleshes Out Choice Proposal, Justifies Deep Cuts

Mayoral Control Fight Heats Up: NYS Assembly Gives De Blasio 2 More Years, But Senate Demands More Data on School Spending

The Boys Wouldn’t Listen, So 9-Year-Old Girl Started Her Own Robotics Team — and Won Big

Candidates Are Drawing School Choice Battle Lines in Campaign to Succeed New Jersey Gov. Christie

Start School Later: New Study Shows That More Sunlight Before Classes Improves Test Scores

Facing Pressure From Conservatives, Texas Again Looks to Ban Transgender Bathroom Use

DeVos Emphasizes States’ Prerogative on School Choice, Gives No Details on Federal Expansion

Inside the School Lunch Affordability Gap: Too Affluent for Free Food, Can’t Afford $1.75 Meals

Long-Vacant NYC Courthouse Will Get New Life as Success Academy’s Second High School

1 in 5 Washington State HS Students Considered Suicide, 9% Attempted It, Shocking New Report Finds

Key Congressional Ally Backs Trump Admin’s School Choice Plan

Why the LA School Board Swung Pro-Reform: Did a Late Vote on ‘Charter Killer’ Bill Cost Board Chief His Job?

Federal Judge Denies NYC KIPP School’s Effort to Block Arbitration of Teacher Grievances

New Report Shows NYC’s Alternative to Charter Schools — Supported by De Blasio and UFT — Aren’t Getting Results

Video: 5 Things to Know About America’s New Education Law, the Every Student Succeeds Act

January 4, 2017

Talking Points

A @the74 video explainer: 5 things to know about America’s new education law — the Every Student Succeeds Act

Sign Up for Our Newsletter

ESSA, Explained: The Every Student Succeeds Act is the new, bipartisan K-12 federal education law that was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2015. It replaces No Child Left Behind, beginning with the 2017–18 school year, and states are currently rushing to revise their education policies to align with the new law.

The 74’s Carolyn Phenicie has been covering the passage and implementation of the law, including the ways in which Donald Trump’s victory on election night scrambles federal election policy. A handful of recent links on how ESSA took shape, and what it means for educators and policymakers across the country now drafting their own plans:

Rewriting No Child Left Behind: The 3 Key ESSA Compromises

Hillary Clinton Sees ESSA as Boost to Charter Schools, Pre-K, High Standards

The First Big ESSA Fight Is Here — 7 Things to Know About 2016’s Title I Showdown

What Will Donald Trump Do on Education? Seeking Clues on ESSA

How States Are Keeping Their Focus on ESSA Implementation Despite D.C. Upheaval

Looking for a quick guide on how ESSA may affect your state’s schools? Here are the five top things to know:

1. ESSA reduces Washington’s authority over school decisions and gives it back to the states and local districts.

2. States must still give standardized tests every year and report the results, including for specific groups like English-language learners.

3. ESSA requires states to have challenging academic standards, but Washington cannot dictate what those standards are.

4. School accountability systems must now include a non-academic measure, like chronic absenteeism, in addition to statistics like test scores and graduation rates.

5. ESSA requires states to intervene in their lowest-performing districts.