The Every Student Success Act (ESSA) is the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, our nation’s federal civil rights law that governs kindergarten through 12th grade education in the United States.

How It Impacts You

ESSA, the nation’s civil rights law in education, makes funds available to each state in support of eliminating the disparities between student groups in elementary and secondary education (K-12). With this funding, the federal government has developed rules, guidelines and expectations for states to follow as they provide an excellent education for all students. ESSA requires states to pay attention to the most vulnerable students who have been historically disadvantaged in the education system.

ESSA opened the door for states to define what it means to provide students with a high-quality education. Each state had to create a plan for how ESSA would be implemented and submit it to the federal government for review and approval.

Read more on ESSA here.

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