Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, reauthorizing the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the nation’s longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. ESSA represents a change from the No Child Left Behind Act, shifting power and responsibility for policy to the states. AIR experts provide evidence-based perspectives on ESSA’s implications, including how it could impact special populations of students.
Implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents policymakers and stakeholders with opportunities to improve outcomes for schools and students as well as teachers and leaders. AIR’s ESSA Co-Pilot will help you navigate the most current information, key topics, and research-based resources that you can use in planning and implementing ESSA at the state and local level. Learn more
Since our founding in 1946, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) has evolved as an active partner in supporting the dynamic education systems in our nation. Our teams witnessed the passage of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act under President Lyndon Johnson and the subsequent eight reauthorizations that occurred since its inception in 1965, the most recent being the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law in 2015. We have worked with state education leaders, district superintendents, school principals, teachers, parents and community stakeholders throughout this country. Our staff understands the challenges educators face in serving all students because as former educators, they have walked in their shoes. Read more
See our work related to the previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.