Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, reauthorizing the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) and replacing the most recent reauthorization of ESEA, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The law includes provisions to help ensure improved outcomes for all students receiving elementary and secondary education.
ESSA requires every state educational agency to include a state plan articulating its vision for implementing key provisions and requirements of the ESSA as part of its application for funding. Among the many priorities and initiatives in its consolidated state plan , Massachusetts describes its implementation of standards, assessments, and accountability and assistance programs as part of its overall strategy to advance college and career readiness for all students. After an extensive period of stakeholder input and public comment, Massachusetts submitted its ESSA state plan to the United States Department of Education, and received approval on September 21, 2017.