ESSA: Separating Spin From Fact

ESSA: Separating Spin From Fact We asked three contributors to respond to the following question:

Recently signed into law, the Every Student Succeeds Act represents the culmination of a long road to Elementary and Secondary Education Act re-authorization. In the aftermath of the passing of such a dense and complex law, there can often seem to be more spin than fact in the public eye. Is there any aspect of this long-awaited law that you feel is being overlooked in ESSA media coverage? From your particular K-12 perspective, what should people know about this new law that they don’t already?

(Photo: The Every Student Succeeds Act sits on a table before being signed by President Barack Obama. Pens used by the president to sign the legislation will be later given away as mementos of the occasion. —Evan Vucci/AP)

The passing of ESSA is an opportunity for educators to promote teaching that is guided by research and relationships instead of standardized testing, writes doctoral student Sarah Cashdollar.

We can only implement the state accountability system ESSA calls for if we continue to advocate for our children, writes special education teacher Rich Johnson.

Senior Education Policy Counsel Janel George argues that ESSA will not succeed if states ignore the "school pushout" that unfairly disciplines disadvantaged students.


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