The Every Student Succeeds Act Turns Four

The Every Student Succeeds Act was signed four years ago today. How is it working so far? Well, I agree with Anne Hyslop’s answer, given as part of a round-up at The 74:

“If your main priority under ESSA was to empower states to make decisions, I think you would say yes, ESSA is working,” said Anne Hyslop, assistant director of policy development and government relations at the Alliance for Excellent Education, an advocacy group dedicated to improving outcomes for underserved students.

But for those who instead elevate the law’s much-vaunted civil rights guardrails, “I think the answer would be no, it is not working. That just shows what you prioritize in terms of what the law was doing,” she said.

For more, EdWeek has perspectives from classroom teachers and principals to superintendents and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

For anyone in D.C., Education Week and the Collaborative for Student Success are hosting a live discussion today with lunch and a reception.

–Guest post by Chad Aldeman