Every Student Succeeds Act


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

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). The U.S. Department of Education reviewed and approved state ESSA plans, which were submitted in 2017 to be implemented in the 2018-19 school year.

Connection to Career Technical Education (CTE): ESSA both encouraged and allowed states to incorporate CTE into their ESSA state 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

  • Intersections and Opportunities for CTE (February 2016)
    A brief summary of ESSA’s key provisions and an overview of opportunities for alignment with ESSA and the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

Resources on ESSA Implementation

Mapping Career Readiness in ESSA Plans

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