The path to ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed in 2015 updated the landmark Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, which was most recently known as No Child Left Behind.

We worked closely with our national Affiliate Network and partners to make sure this renewal of ESEA benefitted Latinos and English learners, and that states were held accountable for these students’ performance.

In webinarsdigital communicationsmedia interviews, workshops, and individual conversations, we made the case that a renewed ESEA must ensure that states and school districts are living up to their obligation to provide a quality education to all on an equal basis, regardless of who they are or where they live.

Together with our partners (such as Californians TogetherThe Education TrustThe Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, among others) we advocated on Capitol Hill to let lawmakers know this was a priority for our community. And we will continue working with them on the challenges ahead as the law is implemented.

The documents below track these efforts.