Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

U.S. Department of Education

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015 and is the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. This law is aimed at ensuring that students are successfully meeting state standards in certain academic areas. ESSA requires schools to measure:

  • Achievement on state assessments in reading and math in grades three through eight and once in high school; 
  • Achievement on state assessments in Science;
  • Progress English Learners are making towards meeting English proficiency targets;
  • Chronic absenteeism; and
  • Graduation rates.

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