The Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The articles on this page analyze the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the current version of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Because ESSA requires the same testing as NCLB did and many states still use NCLB punitive accountability programs though they do not have to, this page retains material on NCLB that is relevant to ESSA. It also includes fact sheets on the right to opt out of state tests.
For the innovative potential of ESSA, click here.
For more details on the dangerous consequences of high stakes and overtesting, click here.
For information on alternative assessments and accountability, click here.