The new education law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), mandates equality of education among schools, regardless of race, income, location, disability, language, or background, and builds upon already existing educational foundations. Here’s a summary of what the U.S. Department of Education has published about the law. Be sure to check out their full article here.
What is the ESSA?
The article mentions that the law was signed into effect December 10, 2015 by President Obama, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which is the nation’s educational law for equal opportunity for all students. The new ESSA builds upon these foundational principles with a keener focus on the goal of preparing students for college and success in their careers. Be a part of helping students prepare for their careers and read our resource on Finding STEM Professional Development Opportunities.
The report covers some notable highlights about the law that are worth mentioning, such as: the ESSA advances equity for high-need students and requires that all students be taught according to high standards that prepare them for college; it expands on the Obama administration’s high investment in providing access to quality preschools for students and parents; and, among other things, it also maintains the expectation that positive action and change will be made in the lowest-performing schools where dropout rates are extremely high over long periods of time.
It’s important for educators to at least be aware of the Every Student Succeeds Act and how it might affect them in the classroom. These are the bare-bone basics of the law, so we encourage you to check out the U.S. Department of Education’s report on it.