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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education

Every Student Succeeds Act: Overview and Transition Timeline
To:
Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
From:
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner
Date:
March 11, 2016

At the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting on March 22, I will provide you an overview of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and discuss our anticipated timeline for implementation of the law. ESSA, which was signed into law by President Obama in December 2015, is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which was last reauthorized in 2001 as the No Child Left Behind Act.

In addition to a high-level orientation to the programs contained in the law, our discussion will focus on differences between ESSA and NCLB, anticipated funding levels, and my current plan for transitioning to the requirements of the new law by the beginning of the 2017-18 school year.

Senior Associate Commissioner Russell Johnston and other staff will join me in presenting the overview and responding to your questions.

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)