Everything ESSA

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After years of stalled negotiations and Congressional stalemates, the U.S. House of Representatives 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).

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
  • NAfME’s latest work with ESSA, including:
    • Regulatory and implementation policy involving the U.S. Department of Education and States
    • Ensuring the proper funding and appropriations of programs that support a “Well-Rounded Education,” which includes music.

Click here to access NAfME’s FREE webinar on ESSA and music education for music educators, advocates, and parents.

NAfME and Music Education Policy Roundtable’s 2016 Legislative Agenda – 2016 Federal Appropriations Requests

NAfME and Music Education Policy Roundtable’s ESSA Non-Regulatory Guidance Requests for U.S. Department of Education

NAfME’s Language Suggestions to U.S. Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking Committee on ‘Supplement, not Supplant’

NAfME’s ESSA Reporting Request to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

NAfME Toolkits:

NAfME and Coalition Resources:

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.