There has been much anticipation for the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It passed with of vote of 85 to 12 in the Senate and 359 to 64 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The ESSA will be an integral part in shaping the future of K-12 education. Yesterday our CEO, Matt Chapman, released this statement.
“NWEA applauds the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in the Senate and we look forward to seeing the bill signed into law tomorrow by President Obama. Today’s bipartisan agreement is a big step towards smarter approaches to assessment across the country, and gives states the freedom to build systems focused on helping teachers and students grow. Importantly, schools and districts will now have greater autonomy to balance annual assessments with providing regular, actionable feedback on student growth, regardless of where he or she begins the year. As we move beyond the punitive approach of No Child Left Behind, we must also continue to equip educators and parents with information they need to ensure every student’s success.
As states and districts across the country consider how best to use the flexibility afforded by this new legislation to do what will best serve local students, I urge them to dedicate the resources necessary to help educators use assessment more effectively in the teaching and learning process.”
Education Week offers a great explanation of the ESSA in their blog, The Every Student Succeeds Act Explained.
LINK to the complete Every Student Succeeds Act