The Every Student Succeeds Act


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015. ESSA is the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which aims to provide all of the nation’s children with a fair, equitable, and high-quality education.

With the passage of ESSA, responsibility for making critical decisions related to education policy is shifting away from the federal government and back to the states. This devolution of federal control should be viewed as a significant opportunity for policymakers to refocus on how best to improve state education systems.

Here at The Hunt Institute, we seek to provide policymakers with timely resources on the issues that matter in education. This section of our website has been designed as a reference point for policymakers on ESSA. Each page contains information about key topics addressed within the law, along with some of the latest research on best practices that can be used to inform policy design.

These resource pages will be an ongoing project. Please continue to check back for the most recent ESSA information and relevant education research.


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The Every Student Succeeds Act



The purpose of this title is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps.”

(SEC. 1001. Title I Statement of Purpose, The Every Student Succeeds Act)



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United States Department of Education

The Brookings Institution

The Collaboration for Student Success

Council of Chief State School Officers

Education Commission of the States

Learning Policy Institute

The Education Trust

Education Week

The Hunt Institute

National Association of State Boards of Education

National Center for Education Statistics

National Conference of State Legislators

National Education Association

Thomas B. Fordham Institute