Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), reauthorizing the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), the 2001 reauthorization of ESEA.

The passage of ESSA has created a unique opportunity to inform Texas’ education policy. ESSA returns a significant amount of decision making back to the states, requiring them to establish their strategic vision and determine how the new law will affect their accountability, funding, school improvement, and grant-making systems through the writing of “state plans.”

Implementation Timeline

December 2015—Law Passed

On-going—Gather stakeholder input

Summer 2017—Release draft plan for public comment

September 2017—Submit final state plan to USDE for approval

Final approval from USDE within 120 days

Statewide Survey Results

2016 ESSA Survey Responses (654 KB)