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Key Issue: ESSA

Key Issue: ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, has opened the door for Pennsylvania to be smarter about how it uses student test results. President Obama signed it into law in December 2015, replacing No Child Left Behind.

ESSA gives states and school districts the opportunity to change the high-stakes consequences of standardized tests.

ESSA Implementation

PSEA advisories

  • Student Assessment Requirements
  • "Highly Qualified Teacher" Requirements
  • Special Education Requirements
  • State and Local Education Agency Report Card Requirements
  • Educator Evaluations
  • Educator Involvement in Decision Making
  • State Accountability System Requirements
  • Student Assessment
  • Overview

"PSEA encourages policymakers to use the new flexibility in ESSA to build an accountability system that reduces reliance on state test scores and helps all schools improve." - PSEA President Jerry Oleksiak

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