Enacted in December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) shifts a significant portion of authority over K-12 education from the federal government to state agencies and local school districts. States and districts will now experience broader discretion in creating accountability systems, setting academic goals, and deciding how to intervene in low-performing schools.

Although states have been given approximately a year to manage each stage of the process, school districts may be under pressure to operationalize their states’ plans fairly quickly. Fortunately, there are preparations districts can take now in anticipation of ESSA implementation.

Download the Research Brief: The Every Student Succeeds Act Preparation Guide for a look at what districts can do to get ahead of the curve on ESSA implementation. In this brief you’ll learn:

  • Key ESSA planning strategies
  • A typical state-level ESSA planning timeline and opportunities for district involvement
  • How to create opportunities for stakeholder feedback
  • How to anticipate, and prepare for, upcoming changes in metrics, policies, and procedures
  • Which research tools and methodologies districts can employ now in preparation for ESSA

ESSA legislation also significantly changed the federal grants landscape. Click here to download the companion Research Brief: Grant Funding in the Every Student Succeeds Act for an overview of the changes in the funding landscape for districts on the federal and state levels including those reauthorized, newly established, or eliminated by ESSA legislation.

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