Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. ESSA reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the national education law which is a commitment to equal opportunity for all students. The previous version of the law was No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which included accountability measures and actions. ESSA expands upon NCLB with a focus on the college and career readiness of the nation's youth. ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools. The law:
- Advances equity by upholding critical protections for disadvantaged and high-need students.
- Requires that all students be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and career.
- Requires annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
- Helps to support and grow local innovations.
- Sustains and expands the investment in increasing access to high-quality preschools.
- Maintains an expectation of accountability and action toward positive change in schools.
More information about ESSA can be found by visiting the U.S. Department of Education: ESSA website.
Supplemental Educational Services
Supplemental Educational Services (SES) will continue during the 2016/17 school year as the district transitions from the No Child Left Behind regulations to the new requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Supplemental Educational Services are additional academic instruction provided outside of the regular school day and designed to increase the academic achievement of students attending schools in Program Improvement (PI) Years 2 through 5. SES must be high quality, research-based, and specifically designed to increase student academic achievement. Eligible students are all low income students who attend Title I PI Years 2 through 5 schools.