President Barack Obama closed the chapter on No Child Left Behind’s destructive brand of school improvement when he signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act in December 2015.
ESSA offers a bold new opportunity for states and districts to move beyond top-down, test-and-sanction-based reforms that have failed to help all kids. It’s a sea change in education policy that our union fought long and hard to achieve. The changes offer the potential to restore the joy of teaching and learning, if we all engage in the hard work that must now begin at the state level.
ESSA includes many protections for vulnerable students. It creates tools and opportunities for parents, communities and other advocates to continue to support equity and accountability for all students.