Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), state education agencies (SEAs) have been examining the new requirements and developing plans to implement the national education law within each state’s unique context. As part of this effort, the Northwest Comprehensive Center provides on-the-ground technical assistance to each of the five SEAs we serve and maintains a list of references to authoritative resources.

Below are links to each SEA's web section for up-to-date information about ESSA in the Northwest, as well as links to federal ESSA guidance and other resources. Also see our feature on current ESSA resources from the national Content Centers.

Links to SEA web sections related to ESSA

U.S. Department of Education

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

CCSSO has created an ESSA web page to support all states as they move forward in implementing ESSA. Resources include: Tools for states to learn about the content of the new law and how it will directly impact their students; a series of webinars and in-person meetings to provide states with one-on-one support as they plan for changes at the state and local level; and comprehensive supports throughout the transition period as states develop implementation strategies and new state plans under the new law.

Education Commission of the States

To assist state education leaders and policymakers, Education Commission of the States compiled the following resources related to ESSA. Discover resources on a well-rounded education, stakeholder engagement, and more. Also see organization's ESSA: Quick Guides on Top Issues.

Education Trust

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 moves the country forward in its efforts to close the longstanding gaps in opportunity and achievement separating students of color and students from low-income communities from their peers. The law contains critical protections for these student groups and provides levers for equity-minded leaders and advocates to move the ball forward in accelerating the achievement of these students. Education Trust has created factsheets on what ESSA requires and questions equity-minded advocates should be asking.

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