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The Every Student Succeeds Act: what you need to know

The era of No Child Left Behind has ended. Thanks to your emails, tweets, and calls, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December.

"There is nothing more essential to living up to the ideals of this nation than making sure every child is able to achieve their God-given potential," President Obama said, thanking NEA President Lily Eskelsen García and others who stood next to him at the bill signing.

"We commend Congress for the bipartisan cooperation, leadership, and hard work to get the job done for students and educators," García said in a news release. "We thank President Obama for signing this important bill into law. Now our work begins in earnest as we shift our attention toward implementation."

The new law is "a victory for students and educators, because it recognizes that we don't have standardized students and it gives educators and parents a greater voice and more flexibility to prepare our children for a lifetime of success," TSTA President Noel Candelaria said in a press statement


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WHY DO EDUCATORS SUPPORT ESSA?

  • It empowers educators to make instructional decisions.
  • It reduces the amount of standardized testing.
  • It gives students more time to learn and teachers more time to teach.

Here's a quick summary of the bill.


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