On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law.

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.

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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.

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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.

The Every Student Succeeds Act: What's In It? What Does it Mean for Equity?


Check out our seven fact sheets on the critical elements in the law.