Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Additional Information

Tennessee's ESSA State Plan & Implementation Resources

ESSA Benefits to Private School Students & Teachers

In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. ESSA amended and reauthorized the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965.

ESEA is a federal education law with longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. The new ESSA law builds on key areas of progress in recent years made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country. ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools; below are just a few. The law:

  1. Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-need students
  2. Requires—for the first time—that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers
  3. Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards
  4. Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators—consistent with our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods
  5. Sustains and expands historic investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool
  6. Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time

ESSA Guidance
View complaint procedures for federal grant programs
View U.S. Department of Education ESSA information