A Deep Dive into ESSA Issues

Teams of state legislative leaders, state education board chairs, state education chiefs and governors’ education advisors from a select number of states gathered with practitioners and policy experts on November 15-16 to discuss the implications of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA), the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that replaced No Child Left Behind. The meeting, held in Houston, Texas, was hosted by The National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Association of State Boards of Education, and The Hunt Institute. 

These high-level state policymakers dived deeply into the requirements for ESSA with practitioners and resource experts, as well as with their counterparts from other states. They examined: how to design the next generation of accountability systems and how to provide support in schools where large numbers of students are not meeting expectations; flexibility in the design of a statewide assessment system; evidence-based interventions for low-performing schools; and the importance of effective stakeholder engagement and collaboration among state policymakers to ensure long-term success.

This event was part of The Hunt Institute’s initiative on ESSA to provide policymakers with the necessary resources to facilitate critical dialogue and mobilize action on the issues that matter in education, as they will be faced with making a range of important decisions about education policy. For more information, see our ESSA resources page to learn more about the key topics addressed within the law, along with some of the latest research on best practices in education that can be used to inform policy design.

To learn more about this event, read the recap.