Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Signed into law on December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) serves as the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. ESEA was developed in response to the demands of communities during the civil rights movement that more be done by the federal government to address poverty and limited educational opportunity for people of color. ESEA was last reauthorized in 2002 and signed into law by President George W. Bush as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
The Leadership Conference seeks to inform parents and community stakeholders about the requirements of this new law so that they are able to use these tools to demand the education all children deserve.
You can download the Every Student Succeeds Act Guide for Advocates here (PDF):
Do you work with local education advocates, organizations and other leaders who would benefit from the ESSA Guide for Advocates? If you would like copies to distribute at upcoming meetings or events in your community, please contact Paul Cange at Cange@civilrights.org.
Education Policy Glossary of Terms
This glossary defines terms and jargon used frequently in education policy conversations. It is designed to help education advocates and parents better understand what education policy professionals mean when they use these terms.
- Read the glossary (PDF)
- Supplement, Not Supplant – Funding Equity for Schools
- Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act
- Parent and Family Engagement Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act
- Accountability Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act
- Resource Equity Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act
- Data Provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act
- FAQ - Annual Statewide Assessments
ESSA Regulatory Process
The Department of Education has responsibility to issue regulations, or rules, that clarify the law and direct states how to comply with the law. That process began shortly after the law was signed in December 2016. The first rule was released on May 26, 2016.
1. Leadership Conference letters on ESSA regulatory process
- Leadership Conference comments on data regulations
- Leadership Conference letter on parent and community engagement and consultation
- Leadership Conference letter on equity within school districts
- Checklist for ESSA Implementation
2. Accountability, Data Reporting, and State Plan Regulation - On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education released a draft regulation, called a "Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), on the accountability, data reporting, and state plan provisions of ESSA. There will be a 30-day comment period - where individuals, organizations, and groups of organizations can send their thoughts to the department about what they like and don't like about the draft rule - which ended on August 1, 2016.
- Draft Accountability and State Plans Regulation
- U.S. Department of Education press release
- U.S. Department of Education summary of the regulation (PDF)
- Statement of 31 Civil and Human Rights and Education Groups on Draft ESSA Accountability Regulations
- Leadership Conference comments on accountability regulations
Reauthorizing ESEA in 2015
- Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Reauthorization: Four Necessary Fixes (August 2015)
- Shared Civil Rights Principles for the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act - January 2015 (Updated on March 26, 2015)