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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

On December 10, 2015, the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ESSA replaces its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. Like previous ESEA authorizations, the ESSA legislation is organized into titles and provides funding for various programs.

The nine titles in ESSA include the following:

Read the ESSA legislation (Public Law 114-95):

State and Local Resources about the ESSA

Explore Region 3 resources regarding the ESSA:

Find State-level information about the implementation of ESSA:

Transition to ESSA

The ESSA is scheduled to take effect in the 2017-2018 school year. The US Education Department (ED) designated the 2016-2017 school year as a transition year allowing states time to write ESSA plans aligned with the new law and forthcoming regulations. In May 2016, the California State Board of Education approved the State ESSA Transition Plan.

Find out more about the transition to ESSA:

Federal Guidance from the US Education Department (ED):

ED is in the process of developing regulations for the implementation of the ESSA.

Read about the ED Proposed Regulations and federal guidance regarding ESSA programs.

ED Non-Regulatory Guidance:

ESSA Key Components

The ESSA grants states the authority to design an accountability systems built upon challenging standards and aligned assessments, and to implement efforts to support continuous improvement for all student subgroups. Schools and districts in California are already engaged in implementing updated, rigorous standards and aligned assessments.

Find information about California’s standards and assessments:

The California ESSA Transition Plan notes that With the enactment of the ESSA, California has the opportunity to streamline local, state, and federal requirements into a single, coherent system for planning, accountability, and continuous improvement and support. California is in the process of defining a single system that will address both the state and federal accountability requirements. The system will include state-defined metrics, annual reporting, and support for continuous improvement efforts.

At each of its bi-monthly meetings, the State Board of Education (SBE) discusses the development of California’s accountability system and the ESSA State Plan.

Find the ESSA-related SBE items http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/es/sbeitems.asp and opportunities for stakeholder involvement http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/es/essaopptopart.asp.