The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December of 2015. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002. Rather than focusing on high stakes testing as the sole measure of a school’s or district’s success, ESSA guarantees that teachers, parents, and community members will have a voice in school accountability plans and school improvement plans. Testing will still be required in grades 3-8 and once in high school, but other measures such as school climate or access to advanced coursework will also be taken into consideration when looking at school accountability. For the past fourteen years, teachers have held firm in their belief that success is not measured in test scores alone. What other indicators do you think should be considered for school accountability? See NEA’s Opportunity Dashboard Indicator for suggestions on what should be added to our own state plan.
To learn more about ESSA please visit getessaright.org.
If you would like to have your voice heard as the state works on ESSA implementation, please contact MSEA at firstname.lastname@example.org.