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No Child Left Behind/ESEA

VICTORY! Every Student Succeeds Act signed into law December 10

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, the current incarnation of Lyndon Johnson's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), established goals that everyone supports: high standards and accountability for the learning of all children. But NCLB's test-and-punish approach does not move us toward those goals.

Thanks to educators’ unprecedented, year-long advocacy on behalf of their students, the era of No Child Left Behind is finally ending. President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, the day after the Senate overwhelming passed the bill by a vote of 85-12. ESSA furthers all three of NEA’s core goals: 

  • Creating an opportunity “dashboard” to help ensure equity and opportunity for all students
  • Reducing the amount of standardized testing and decoupling test scores and high-stakes decision making
  • Ensuring that educators’ voices are part of decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels



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