On Wednesday morning the U.S. Senate passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by a vote of 85-12. ESSA, which previously passed the House by 359-64, will now go to President Obama who plans to sign it Thursday morning. Overall, the essence of ESSA is to return more control to the states. The legislation (S. 1177) ends the No Child Left Behind era where the federal government had greater control over testing and accountability provisions. In the coming weeks, the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group will provide its members with a more in-depth look at ESSA and how it impacts our industry and our customers. Below are links to fact sheets about the legislation.
House Education and the Workforce Committee: ESEA Conference Report Summary
Printable Pocket Card: Every Student Succeeds Act Republican Principles
Senate HELP Committee: Alexander, Murray: Senate Passes Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind, 85-12
Senator Patty Murray, Ranking Member of Senate HELP Committee: "Milestone" Legislation Will Deliver More Opportunity for Students
White House: Q&A: What You Need to Know About the Fix to No Child Left Behind
Fordham Institute: States v. districts in the Every Student Succeeds Act
Alliance for Excellent Education: THE FINAL DAYS OF NCLB: Legislation to Replace No Child Left Behind Act Set to Be Signed Into Law As Soon As This Week