The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015

Publication date: Mar 4, 2016

The Every Student Succeeds Act protects the right of every student — regardless of race, ethnicity, disability, home language, or family income — to receive a quality education.

Learn what you need to know — and what you can do — to make sure the law works for your child and other children in your communities.

As state leaders work to implement the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), it’s critical that there be strong voices advocating for equity and achievement in every key decision.

Check out these resources, developed by the Students Can’t Wait Workgroup, intended to equip state and local advocates with information to do just that.

On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. This long overdue rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act signals the start of a new chapter in our country’s mission to ensure a high-quality education for all kids.

Our goal continues to be helping to move the nation forward in its efforts to close the long-standing gaps in opportunity and achievement separating students of color and students from low-income communities from their peers.

With the passage of the new law, the implementation work falls squarely on state leadership, advocates, educators, parents, and policy makers. You are not alone. The Education Trust stands ready to work alongside you to ensure #MyChildMatters.

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