On December 10, 2015 President Obama signed into effect the reauthorization of the 50 year old Elementary and Secondary Education Act known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA ends a troublesome era of No Child Left Behind where a one-size-fit-all approach to testing, teaching and school improvement dominated our professional landscape placing unrealistic pressures on our most vulnerable students and those who serve them. Watch the signing video.
Under ESSA the responsibilities for school improvement are transferred to the state and local levels greatly reducing federal influences on local school decision making. This change is designed to honor the voice and expertise of those who know the names, strengths and learning needs of the children in their school: parents, teachers, counselors, para educators and administrators, not politicians and corporate lobbyists.
In Wisconsin we must work together to defeat bad ideas, policies, and laws at all levels that do not benefit our students. The Wisconsin Education Association Council is committed to providing its members and partners with the resources needed to take full advantage of implementing the required engagement provisions under the ESSA law. This will help assure a child’s race, income, zip code, disability, home language or background do not determine the quality of education they receive.
Use the WEAC Digital Toolkit to make ESSA work for students in your school:
- 5 Steps to Plugging into Your District’s ESSA Team (pdf)
- Invitation Letter for Members (Word)
- Invitation Letter to Stakeholders (Word)
- School Board Speech (Word)
- School Board Resolution (Word)
- 10-Minute PowerPoint (ppt)
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ARTICLES RELATED TO ESSA:
- The committee charged with negotiating certain regulations to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which included two voting members nominated by NEA, reached consensus on regulations related to assessments, but not on ensuring federal dollars “supplement, not supplant” state and local dollars. That means the U.S. Department of Education will write and issue the unresolved regulations, after a public comment period as well as a chance for Congress to respond. Read More...
- Education Secretary John B. King Jr. wants to see a return to a more well-rounded education for schoolchildren, one that spotlights the importance of science, social studies, world languages and the arts. In a speech Thursday in Las Vegas, King said some schools have focused too intensely on reading and math and testing in those subjects under the 2002 No Child Left Behind law. Read More...
- Hyperpartisan gridlock is the description commonly used when it comes to Congress. But the legislative body notched some significant bipartisan victories for students and educators when it wrapped up its session last month thanks in large measure to the advocacy of educators. Read More...
- At a White House ceremony, President Barack Obama Thursday signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. NEA President Lily Eskelsen García joined the president. Read More...
- The U.S. Senate Wednesday approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as this week. “Today, the U.S. Senate took a bold and historic step to usher in a new era in public education,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. Read More...
- In 2001, before No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was passed, there were six federally mandated tests per student. Guess how many there are now. Read More...