Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the K-12 federal education law. It reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replaces No Child Left Behind. Signed into law on December 10, 2015, it returns significant management authority over K-12 education to the state and local school district. The law was designed to increase opportunities for local input and flexible decision making and will be phased in over the next few years. Many areas in the law provide opportunities to boost student achievement by building and strengthening before, afterschool and summer learning opportunities. ACT Now has developed a set of recommendations that demonstrate how afterschool programs are particularly suited to assist school districts in meeting their ESSA requirements as well as reaching their goal that students from all backgrounds are successful in college and their future careers. Those resources are below.