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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, replacing its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. ESSA is focused on preparing all students to succeed in college, careers, and civic life. It provides a framework for every student to receive a well-rounded education no matter who they are, where they live, where they come from, or where they go to school. 

While passed in 2015, there is a timeline for full implementation of ESSA. Part of the process included soliciting input and feedback from NYS students, parents, teachers, school and district leaders, school board members, and other stakeholders, which began in May 2016. The federal government approved NYS's ESSA plan in January 2018. 

Please click here to learn about goals under New York State's plan for ESSA, how parents and families will know if the ESSA plan is working, and background information on how the ESSA plan was created.