Key Issue: Every Student Succeeds Act - ESSA

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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

State ESSA plan puts focus on multiple measures of school and student performance

No Child Left Behind is out. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is coming in.

Gov. Tom Wolf's administration has put forth a plan to implement the new federal education law in the 2017-18 school year. It proposes the use of multiple measures to track school quality, emphasizing both proficiency and growth on state standardized tests as well as other factors such as graduation rates, growth in English language learner proficiency, chronic absenteeism, and career readiness.

The plan proposes programs to address teacher recruitment and preparation as well as school and student programs emphasizing STEM, career planning, safe school environments, and access to advanced coursework.

PSEA believes this plan takes an important step in the right direction for our students and our members. Moving to multiple measures of school success shifts the focus to students and uses standardized tests in a more balanced way.

Read the September issue of Voice to learn more about how the Wolf administration is overhauling PA's testing system.

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 Dolores McCracken