The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Developed and passed with strong, bipartisan support, ESSA replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the nation's main education law.

ESSA advances ESEA’s promise of ensuring that all students – from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary, including low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, English Learners, and other historically marginalized students – have access to a world-class education that prepares them for college, career, and life.

Pennsylvania Department of Education. (2021). The Every student succeeds act. Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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