Everything ESSA

Everything ESSA

After years of stalled negotiations and Congressional stalemates, Congress has put No Child Left Behind away for good, and passed by an overwhelming majority a new version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

This page contains the latest on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

ESSA’s passage is an historic victory for music education advocates, because it includes for the first time a specific and separate mention of music as a part of a ‘well-rounded education.’

On this page you will find:

  • Toolkits and implementation guides on how to navigate and understand ESSA
  • Comprehensive legislative analysis of the bill by NAfME and partnering coalitions
  • Archived webinar series on ESSA by NAfME
  • U.S. Department of Education resources and other supporting articles

**For resources relating to the Rules and Regulations of ESSA, please visit our “Rules and Regs” page**


NAfME Toolkits & Resources

ESSA Resources & Analysis

ESSA Appropriations

NAfME ESSA Webinar Series:


U.S. Department of Education Resources:

ESSA Supporting Articles:


Media Resources

For interviews, messages, videos, and other media resources regarding ESSA, please visit this page.