Every Student Succeeds Act

Overview

Status: The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, originally passed in 1965, was reauthorized by Congress in December 2015 and renamed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Currently, the U.S. Department of Education is reviewing and approving state ESSA plans, which were submitted in 2017 and are to be implemented in the 2018-19 school year.

Purpose: ESSA funds K-12 education throughout the nation and emphasizes equitable access to education, high standards and accountability.

Connection to Career Technical Education (CTE): ESSA both encouraged and allowed states to incorporate CTE into their plans through an emphasis on a “well-rounded education” (which includes CTE programs and activities) and the opportunity to embed CTE and career readiness measures within state accountability systems. The flexibility that comes with ESSA has allowed states to coordinate services among CTE, workforce development and higher education.

Resources on Understanding ESSA

​Resources on ESSA Implementation