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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
CA Department of EducationInformation regarding California's plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Title 1 Assessment, Title 1 Accountability, Title II PD, Title III English Learners and Immigrant Students, Title IV 21st Century Schools, LCAP
Purpose of this letter is to update you on the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and share what is ahead in the transition to a new state accountability system.

- State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Applauds Signing of Every Student Succeeds Act, Dec. 10, 2015
“To put it simply, Congress and President Obama have followed California’s lead in eliminating categorical funded programs in favor of larger block grants, enhancing local control, and providing more flexibility to set up accountability systems using multiple measures to assess progress instead of a single test score."

"In California, we continue to push ahead with landmark reforms, such as the Local Control Funding Formula, that are transforming education and better preparing students for college and careers in the 21st century."

U.S. Department of Education
ESSA: White House Fact Sheet, Dec. 2, 2015
To help schools and districts begin transitioning to the new ESSA policies and programs—No Child Left Behind waivers will end August 1, 2016,
and ESSA is to be fully implemented by the 2017–18 school year

The Every Student Succeeds Act : How It Works, What You Need to Know!
Presentation by specializing in education law

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) 
Is the primary federal education law in the U.S., and has now been updated through the enactment of the 
Every Student Succeeds Act, S.1177which was signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015.

 - Holds ALL students to high academic standards
 - Prepares ALL students for success in college and career - Provides more kids access to high-quality preschool - Guarantees steps are taken to help students, and their schools , improve  - Reduces the burden of testing while maintaining annual information for parents and students
 - Promotes local innovation and invests in what works

Education and the Workforce Committee: 
Bill Information and Fact Sheets, Infographics, Press Releases, Parent and Educator Leader Information

How does ESSA differ from NCLB? 
ASCD created a comparison chart to examine ESSA’s key provisions and provide the resources you need to best understand the new law— on issues including standards, assessments, and federal education funding.


ASCD has long promoted a whole child approach to education, and we are pleased that Congress has recognized the value of this approach by broadening the range of indicators states are required to use to measure student achievement and school quality. The bill provides states and districts with greater flexibility while still preserving a national focus on closing the achievement gap and ensuring that additional services and supports are provided to the students and schools most in need. It will be essential for state leaders to work with local stakeholder groups to define student success and to then design comprehensive and thoughtful accountability systems to help meet that goal. As with any good compromise, the bill is not perfect. We [ASCD] have reservations about ...(read more)

For starters, there will be a transition period between No Child Left Behind, the old version of the law, and its waivers to these new ESSA plans. Waivers are null and void by August 1, 2016. ESSA will be fully in place beginning in the 2017-18 school year. States are expected to have more discretion in crafting their ESSA plans than they did under waivers or NCLB. ...(read more)

Includes provisions that would allow states to set up new degree-granting academies for teachers outside of traditional higher education systems and would also encourage the creation of residency programs, in which teacher recruits are paired with veterans for a year of in-classroom training in addition to their coursework....(read more)

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