Every student Succeeds Act Versus No Child Left Behind

by Marilyn Roca Enriquez in


Official White House Comparison

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which was signed into law in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson and offered new education grants, funding and scholarships in particular to low-income students. 

The previous version of this law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002 and put in place measures that exposed achievement gaps among traditionally underserved students and their peers and spurred national dialogues on education improvement.

The following chart is based on information available on whitehouse.gov.  To read the ESSA bill visit http://tinyurl.com/s1177essa. 

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