Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) of 2002 and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The purpose of ESSA is to provide all students the opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.

ESSA requires that students take State tests in Grades 3-11 in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Based on student academic growth and demonstrated proficiency on these assessments, schools will be placed into categories for targeted State attention (priority, focus and reward schools).

The New Jersey State Department of Education provides annual performance reports.  The reports will give parents and districts more of a “window on their schools' performance” including the percentage of students who get college-ready scores on the SAT, the number of middle school students who pass Algebra I, the percentage of students who are chronically absent, high school graduation rates, and the percentage of graduates who enroll in secondary education.

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