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PTA Resources for Families on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Overview of ESEA and ESSA

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) was first passed in 1965 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. In December 2015, the U.S. Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a new law to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). President Obama subsequently signed ESSA into law on December 10, 2015.

ESSA Timeline SnippetClick to enlarge and view the full timeline of the ESEA Bill

With a new ESEA/ESSA, focus for advocacy now turns to effective implementation of the law to ensure every child has the ability to reach their full potential. While this new law provides a great opportunity for states to tailor their education systems to meet the needs of their students—including students with disabilities—this new level of authority will also require an increased amount of responsibility for states to ensure they close achievement gaps.

National PTA, our constituent associations, and advocates across the country will seek to support and empower all families to be active participants in the state and local implementation of ESSA to ensure equity and opportunity for all students.

The U.S. Department of Education is currently in the implementation phase of ESSA. The Department will provide guidance and clarification to states on how best to carry out the new law. You can get involved in the implementation process by signing up for emails from the Department of Education on ESSA implementation.

ESSA Resources

Capitol Hill Icon The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 (Full Text)
PTA Logo ESSA ESSA Webpages by State, National PTA
PTA Logo ESSA Overview of ESSA, National PTA
PTA Logo ESSA Title I Summary of ESSA, National PTA
PTA Logo ESSA Title II Summary of ESSA, National PTA
PTA Logo ESSA Title IV Summary of ESSA, National PTA
PTA Logo ESSA ESSA: What Does This New Law Mean for my Child?, National PTA (En Español)
PTA Logo ESSA Family Engagement in ESSA, National PTA (En Español)
PTA Logo ESSA Statewide Family Engagement Centers One-Pager, National PTA
ECS Logo ESSA Quick Guides on Top Issues, Education Commission of the States
Department of Education Icon U.S. Department of Education ESSA Site
Department of Education Icon Title I, Part A assessments – Final Regulatory Language, U.S. Department of Education
Department of Education Icon Draft of accountability regulations for ESSA, U.S. Department of Education

 

ESSA Implementation Resources

PTA Logo ESSA NEW! Webinar: A Parent's Role in ESSA Implementation
(Click here to download the slides)
PTA Logo ESSA Questions PTA Advocates Should Ask about the ESSA Implementation, National PTA
PTA Logo ESSA Stakeholder Engagement Provisions in ESSA, National PTA
ECS Logo Collaborative Stakeholder Engagement Special Report, Education Commission of the States 
Letters to Policymakers Icon Guiding Principles on Stakeholder Engagement as Required in ESSA, Learning First Alliance
ESSA Website, Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

Let’s Get This Conversation Started: Strategies, Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage with Stakeholders to Develop and Implement their ESSA Plans
Department of Education Icon Guidance for Stakeholder Engagement in ESSA, U.S. Department of Education
Department of Education Icon FAQ on the Transition to ESSA, U.S. Department of Education 

National PTA Statements and Letters on ESEA Reauthorization

To view each letter or press release, click the blue icon to the left.

  July 2016
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to provide recommendations on early childhood education provisions in accountability and state plans under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act to the Department of Education on July 27.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA provides recommendations on accountability and state plans under Title I of the Every Student Succeeds Act to the Department of Education on July 22.  
  June 2016
Press Release Icon June 23, 2016 — National PTA Supports Department of Education’s Guidance for Stakeholder Engagement in Every Student Succeeds Act
Press Release Icon June 9, 2016 — National PTA Disappointed in Senate FY2017 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations Bill
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with 105 other organizations urging Representatives to invest in the Statewide Family Engagement Centers Program on June 14. 
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with 82 other organizations urging Senators to invest in the Statewide Family Engagement Centers Program on June 6.
  May 2016
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA provides recommendations for non-regulatory guidance for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on May 19.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA joins with other organizations to provide guidance to the Department of Education on how ESSA can be used to support positive school climates and respond to children suffering from exposure to violence and the effects of trauma on May 12.
Letters to Policymakers Icon The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities releases recommendations specific to the use of an ‘additional indicator(s) of school quality or student success’ in ESSA
  April 2016
  March 2016
Press Release Icon March 22, 2016  PTA Leader Participates in U.S. Department of Education's Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for ESSA
  February 2016
Press Release Icon February 10, 2016 National PTA Statement on President Obama's 2017 Budget Proposal
Letters to Policymakers Icon The State and Local ESSA Implementation Network letter of commitment to put students first sent on February 10.
  January 2016
Letters to Policymakers Icon Implementation recommendations to the Department of Education on Title I of ESSA sent on January 21.
  December 2015
Press Release Icon December 10, 2015 — National PTA Lauds President Obama's Signing of Landmark Every Student Succeeds Act
Press Release Icon December 9, 2015 — National PTA Applauds Senate Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act
Letters to Policymakers Icon Every Student Succeeds Act letter of support sent December 7.
Letters to Policymakers Icon House passage of the conference report to reauthorize ESEA letter of support sent December 4.
Press Release Icon December 2, 2015 — National PTA Commends House Passage of Every Student Succeeds Act
  November 2015
Press Release Icon November 19, 2015 — National PTA Commends Passage of Bipartisan Agreement to Reauthorize Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Press Release Icon November 18, 2015 — National PTA Applauds Conference Committee Meeting on ESEA Reauthorization
Letters to Policymakers Icon Inclusion of an education data privacy study committee in the ESEA reauthorization letter of support sent November 9.
Press Release Icon November 2, 2015 — National Education Groups Continue to Push Congress to Get ESEA Done, Begin Weeklong Ad Campaign
  October 2015
Letters to Policymakers Icon School vouchers in the reauthorization of ESEA letter of opposition sent October 13.
  September 2015
Letters to Policymakers Icon Reauthorization of Statewide Family Engagement Centers program letter of support sent September 30.
  July 2015
Letters to Policymakers Icon A successful reauthorization of ESEA letter of support sent July 22.
Letters to Policymakers Icon Quick action needed on naming and starting an ESEA conference committee letter of support sent July 22.
Press Release Icon July 16, 2015—National PTA Commends Senate Passage of Every Child Achieves Act
Press Release Icon July 14, 2015 — National PTA Applauds Senate Passage of ESEA/NCLB Amendment to Strengthen Family Engagement in Education
Letters to Policymakers Icon Support and opposition to certain amendments in the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 letter sent July 13.
Press Release Icon July 8, 2015 — National PTA Statement on House Passage of Student Success Act
Letters to Policymakers Icon Support and opposition to certain provisions in the Student Success Act of 2015 letter sent July 8.
Letters to Policymakers Icon A-PLUS ACT and school voucher amendments to the Student Success Act of 2015 letter of opposition sent July 8.
Letters to Policymakers Icon Kirk-Reed-Baldwin-Brown amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 letter of support sent on July 7.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA's priorities in the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 letter sent on July 6.
  June 2015
Letters to Policymakers Icon Title I funding portability and school vouchers in the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 letter of opposition sent June 30.
  May 2015
Letters to Policymakers Icon Physical education as a core subject and restoring PEP in the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 letter of support sent May 1.
  April 2015
Letters to Policymakers Icon Inclusion of family engagement provisions in the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 letter of support sent April 13.
Letters to Policymakers Icon National PTA’s positions on the Every Child Ready for College or Career Act of 2015 discussion draft sent April 13.
Press Release Icon April 8, 2015 — National PTA Statement on Every Child Achieves Act
  January 2015
Letters to Policymakers Icon Amending section 1501 of ESEA letter of support sent January 28.
Letters to Policymakers Icon Title I portability provision of the HELP Committee’s ESEA-NCLB reauthorization discussion draft letter of opposition sent January 26.
Letters to Policymakers Icon The Coalition for Community Schools' recommendations for ESEA-NCLB reauthorization in the 114th Congress sent January 26.
Press Release Icon January 12, 2015 — National PTA Applauds Administration's Call for Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act

National PTA Blog Posts on ESEA Reauthorization

Blog Post Icon PTA's Advocacy Efforts Ramp Up After 2016 LegCon
Blog Post Icon The Every Child Achieves Act of 2015 Senate Passage
Blog Post Icon Special Video Message from President Bay: Thank You PTA Advocates!
Blog Post Icon The Every Child Achieves Act Makes it Through the First Week of Floor Debates
Blog Post Icon On Second Attempt, House Passes ESEA/NCLB Reauthorization Bill
Blog Post Icon Elementary and Secondary Education Act-No Child Left Behind to Be Reauthorized
Blog Post Icon ESEA Reauthorization Needs Stronger Family Engagement Provisions
Blog Post Icon Senate Education Committee Passes Every Child Achieves Act
Blog Post Icon National PTA Advocates on Capitol Hill for Family Engagement and Reauthorization of the ESEA