4 ways ESSA's impact will be felt by states, districts
from Education DIVE
Signed into law in December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Acts passage was heralded at the time by former President Barack Obama as a "Christmas miracle" that broke deep partisan divides in Congress. The latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson as part of his "War on Poverty," replaces its Bush-era counterpart, the No Child Left Behind Act. And where NCLB issued federal accountability mandates aimed at closing achievement gaps between students across racial and socioeconomic backgrounds — particularly in math and reading — ESSA seeks to return much of the decision-making power around those efforts back to states.
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