Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)



ESSA Update

"The National School Boards Association applauds lawmakers for restoring local governance and working with our public education stakeholders to end the prescriptive requirements under the No Child Left Behind Act – strengthening the ability of states and local school board members to act in the best interests of students, parents, and local communities." - NSBA Executive Director Tom Gentzel. Read NSBA's full statement.

Thank you Friends of Public Education for lending your voice in support of the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)! On December 10, 2015, Former President Barack Obama signed ESSA into law shortly after Congress passed the bill. The signing represents a significant move forward for local governance and NSBA stands committed to working with and through our State Associations for ESSA’s implementation in support of equity and excellence in public education.

ESSA is the modernized version of the 14-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act. It supports public education by returning decision-making to local school boards, educators and communities. It protects federal investments for disadvantaged students and prevents the diversion of tax dollars for private schools. 


The Trump Administration and 115th Congress

Under President Trump's Administration and the 115th Congress, several changes have taken place regarding the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). On January 18, 2017, the Obama Administration withdrew its proposed “supplement not supplant” regulation that was published on September 6, 2016. Significantly, the new Administration delayed the effective date of the Accountability and State Plan regulations finalized by the Obama Administration last November. Shortly thereafter, the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Accountability and State plan regulations on February 7, 2017. The only ESSA regulations that have taken effect relate to academic assessments.  


The Latest

May 12, 2017: NSBA submitted comments in response to the U.S.Department of Education's Notice regarding Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request: Consolidated State Plan.

March 21, 2017Stakeholder Engagement Letter to Chief State School Officers.

February 7, 2017
NSBA letter on HJ Res 57 Provides for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to accountability and state plans under ESSA.
NSBA letter on HJ Res 58 Provides for congressional disapproval of the rule submitted by the Department of Education relating to teacher preparation requirements.

Read more about NSBA's position and resources on ESSA here