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ESSA: What the New K-12 Law Says About Testing, Teachers, and More (Video)

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The new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaces and updates the longstanding No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), was signed in December, and fully goes into effect in the 2017-18 school year. The law reduces the federal government's role in education policy, and allows for more autonomy on the state level.

But what does this really mean for schools, educators, and students? Do students still have to take standardized tests? What about the Common Core and teacher evaluations?

In this explainer video, Education Week's Alyson Klein unpacks the details of the new law, answering these questions and more.


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