The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the federal law that governs K-12 public education policy. It was signed into law on December 10, 2015, after passing with bipartisan congressional support. ESSA reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act and also replaces a previous reauthorization, the No Child Left Behind Act.
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ESSA will be fully operational in school year 2017-18. All 50 states have begun working on their transition plans toward compliance. The law represents a major shift in education-related authority from the federal government to the states. When fully implemented, ESSA will affect every public school in the nation and the more than 50 million students attending these schools.
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