ESSA Law – A Teachers Opinion

 

ESSA- Education OpinionWhat is ESSA and why do we need it? 

 

 

ESSA — the Every Student Succeeds Act — is the newest legislation for K-12 education recently signed into law. It replaces the old (and outdated) NCLB (No Child Left Behind) education law: the first education reform bill since the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965.

More importantly, the new law puts the responsibility on the states rather than the federal government to ensure students are successful by stripping away the high stakes testing while maintaining annual testing requirements for grades 3-8 and in high school. Most importantly, the new law removes the requirement that states use students’ test scores to evaluate teachers.

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