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Every Student Succeeds Act

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Empowering States to Strengthen School Accountability, Interventions & Innovations

A shift in K-12 public education authority from the federal government to the states, creating new opportunities for states to develop innovative approaches that enhance school performance.

ESSA reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act, renewing the federal government’s commitment to equal opportunity for all students while also shifting more authority to states and school systems around accountability, school improvement and funding flexibility. Since Congress passed ESSA in 2015, states have been developing ESSA-compliant accountability plans and working to capitalize on new opportunities for innovation.

How ExcelinEd Can Help

As states face a complex transition to this new federal law, ExcelinEd is helping states take advantage of new opportunities and tackle new challenges. This includes:

  • Supporting states with resources and playbooks on topics ranging from accountability and school interventions to innovation and weighted student funding;
  • Offering technical guidance related to accountability system design and the transition to new accountability systems;
  • Helping states navigate the U.S. Department of Education’s ESSA plan approval processes and other aspects of ESSA implementation; and
  • Identifying ways that new federal funds can support state reforms in areas including early literacy, college and career readiness and course access.