PTA ESSA Local Roadmap

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Now that the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is law, the focus of our advocacy 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.

As a PTA leader, you have an important role to play in ESSA implementation. The goal of this Roadmap is to empower you to:

  1. Actively participate on ESSA implementation at the local level
  2. Educate other parent leaders and the community on ESSA
  3. Ensure districts are including parents and gathering meaningful input from them on ESSA implementation

Blue Map

Stop 1: Get in the Know about ESSA

Bus Stop IconWhat is the Every Student Succeeds Act? What does this mean for my child and for family engagement in school districts and schools? The first stop for every local PTA and its members is understanding how this new law works and its impact on your students, schools and the community. It is imperative to learn about the new changes in ESSA before you can educate other PTA members in your district about the new law.

Stop 2: Distribute ESSA Materials to Your Members

Bus Stop IconThe next stop on the ESSA implementation journey is making sure your members have the resources they need to become actively engaged in the implementation of the new law. You can download the list of resources below to distribute to your members. Distribute these materials through your website, newsletters, PTA events and other social media avenues using the PTA and ESSA Media Toolkit so that your members can have the information they will need to engage in the implementation of the new law.

Stop 3: Get Engaged in District Plans under ESSA

Bus Stop IconStop number three on this road trip involves ESSA district plans. Engaging in your district's education plan, also called Local Education Agency (LEA) plans, is one of the most important things you can do as a PTA advocate. District education plans will determine the shape of education in your district for the next few years. As a parent leader in your community, it is imperative that you have a seat on the district-level committee drafting the plan. Making sure every parent’s voice is heard and all families are involved in the process is critical to ensuring a successful implementation. It is important that you hold the decision makers in your school and district accountable. Be sure to continuously remind your decision makers of the importance of family engagement and the parent voice during this transition period.

Local education agencies should also actively engage parents in creating new education plans. Below are resources that you can share with your education leaders on how to effectively engage parents throughout the process. 

Stop 4: Inform, Train and Mobilize Others on ESSA

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