Every Student Succeeds Act Signed Into Law
The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law by President Obama. ESSA is the bipartisan reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, and restores local control of education. The bill ends waivers, the common core mandate, and the federal test-based accountability system. It repeals the adequate yearly progress (AYP) federal accountability system and replaces it with a state-designed accountability system.
“Once again, the Senate has passed significant, bipartisan legislation showing we can come together and get major things done for the American people. Through this bill, control over education decisions will return to parents, teachers, and local school districts who are best equipped to ensure future generations will have the skills they need to succeed. Importantly, the final bill also eliminates the flawed common core mandate. I was also proud to see my local governance amendment incorporated into the final agreement, which will empower local communities, not bureaucrats in Washington, to make the education decisions they see fit for their students.”
- U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Former President of NASB, whose bipartisan local governance amendment was included in the conference agreement.
“Representing both a rural district in western Nebraska, as well as the state as a whole, I am pleased to see this bill be signed into law and give local control back to schools. Senator Fischer’s experience as a school board member serves her well in representing the educational interests of all Nebraska children. Now it is up to us to continue this momentum and implement the processes and procedures for continued excellence and improvement across all districts.”
- Jon Anderjaska, NASB President, Wauneta-Palisade Board of Education
“NSBA 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.”
- Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association
“I am pleased to see that the United States Senate has taken action to approve the Every Student Succeeds Act. I am appreciative of the work by Senator Fischer in making this happen so that Nebraska can continue our work on Accountability for a Quality Education System, Today and Tomorrow (AQuESTT) and tailor interventions to address unique local needs of our Nebraska schools so that we can serve every student, every day.”
- Matthew Blomstedt, Nebraska Commissioner of Education