Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA

On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The law is the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), signed into law by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965. Just because ESSA passed at the federal level, though, does not mean that its history is over. This law will have significant effects on the nation’s classrooms and schools. Here you will find an in-depth account of where ESSA came from, what it says, what will and won’t change, and what it all means for schools.

Frederick M. Hess and Max Eden have compiled essays into a volume, The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States, which will be released by Harvard Education Press on February 28, 2017.

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A disproportionate amount of time, money, and energy has been devoted to scrutinizing and opining on states’ new ESSA plans—as if boilerplate bluster will ultimately make a big difference for what happens in schools.

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Last week, U.S. News & World Report released its 2017 Best High Schools rankings. While U.S. News does its best to provide an evenhanded ranking system, it ultimately offers an impoverished view of what makes certain high schools the “best.”

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On Wednesday, we were honored to have Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) join us at AEI to discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the federal role in American education. Arguably the single most influential individual when it comes to the shape of federal education policy, Sen. Alexander has been at the forefront of educational improvement for nearly four decades. For my part, I was struck by three important takeaways.

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In this AEI Events Podcast, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) discusses ESSA and American education and the changing landscape of federal education policy

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) will discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act and what the new law means for the future of American education.

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In a pleasant change of pace, the Every Student Succeeds Act provides big opportunities for state and local school leaders to step up.

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States have a golden opportunity to improve education thanks to the bipartisan Every Student Succeeds Act.

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AEI resident scholar and director of education policy studies Rick Hess joined the show to discuss his new volume, “The Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Schools, Systems, and States,” coedited with Max Eden.

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As the bear jokes die down, it’s not likely rural education will see much of the federal spotlight going forward.

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In this interview, Rick Hess discusses his new book The Every Student Succeeds Act and the state of education reform under the new administration.

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To most observers, the passage of ESSA and the invocation of the CRA seem to be a direct rebuke of the Obama administration’s activist approach to education policy. But this is actually just one episode of a longer and more important story about the growing power and reach of the administrative state.

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