Tools for State Advocacy

ESSA implementation across the country is key to ensuring the law lives up to its promise. And the stakes couldn’t be higher: by 2023 one in three students in U.S. public schools will be Latino.

We will continue working with our Affiliates, school districts throughout the country, and directly with parents to make sure the law is implemented in the students’ best interests. We are informing Latino parents and community stakeholders about the requirements of this new law so that they can advocate for the needs of their children.

Below are resources for advocates on ESSA and its provisions.


  • "What the Every Student Succeeds Act Means for Latino Students and English Learners" Video | Slide deck
  • "Working with State Education Policymakers for ESSA" Video | Slide deck
  • "Parent and Family Engagement in ESSA" Slide deck

Fact Sheets

Students Can't Wait - ESSA - NCLRStudents Can’t Wait

These materials equip state and local advocates to advocate for equity and achievement in the implementation of ESSA.

They include information about accountability under ESSA and facts sheets on the benefits, risks, and considerations associated with the following accountability indicators: advanced coursework, assessment-based measures of college readiness, chronic absenteeism, college-prep course sequence completion, English language proficiency, individual student growth, college and career readiness, school discipline, and social-emotional indicators.

Every Student Succeeds Act - ESSA - NCLR

The Every Student Succeeds Act: What’s In It? What Does It Mean for Equity?

These resources contain information on ESSA requirements and six key levers that advocates can use to advance education equity.




U.S. Department of Education

For parents