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The Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December 2015, replacing No Child Left Behind as the current iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The new law provides states and districts with greater flexibility for defining student success, designing state accountability systems, enhancing student equity, and identifying and improving low performing schools.

ESSA provides states with the opportunity to explore innovative and collaborative strategies to improve education attainment and accountability. The business community can also leverage this opportunity to focus on career readiness to ensure that education policy is aligned with regional workforce needs. Learn more about ESSA.

Resources

  • New! ACCE and the Alliance for Excellent Education co-authored Chambers of Commerce and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a brief outlining ways chambers may leverage the flexibility of ESSA to ensure all students graduate college and career ready.
  • The Alliance for Excellent Education posted a great overview of ESSA, along with one-pagers and short videos highlighting key areas of the law.
  • U.S. Department of Education ESSA Updates.
  • The U.S. Chamber Foundation published a new report that examines how chambers of commerce can lead the discussion on integrating career readiness into state accountability plans under ESSA.
  • U.S. Chamber Foundation developed ESSA accountability fact sheets for every state, which can help the business community learn how to engage in efforts to ensure all students are receiving a high-quality education that will prepare them for college and the demands of today’s workforce.
  • The Collaborative for Student Success developed the Understanding ESSA website to compile relevant news and updates on how states are implementing the new law.
  • The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) wrote ‘Destination Known: Valuing College AND Career Readiness in State Accountability Systems’. This executive summary suggests four clear recommendations of college and career readiness measures.

Chambers Working on ESSA

Articles

Presentations and Webinars

  • ACCE Webinar: K-12 Innovation & Accountability Webinar - In this ACCE Webinar recording, learn how to promote career readiness in new state accountability plans. The new federal K-12 education law provides states with the opportunity to explore innovative and collaborative strategies to improve education attainment, equity, and accountability. The business community can also leverage this opportunity to focus on career readiness to ensure that education policy is aligned with workforce needs and that students have the skills needed to succeed in today’s economy. (Free ACCE University Webinar, November 2016) Download a copy of the Presentation Handout here.


Is your chamber working on ESSA? Please submit related resources to Will Burns at wburns@acce.org.

To highlight your organization's work, please submit a sample here. For more information about the Education Attainment Division, visit www.acce.org/ead or email ead@acce.org.

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Last Updated: 11/29/2017

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