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’
- ESSA Implementation Toolkit
- NAfME Field Guide to State Lobbying
- 2014 Standards State Implementation Toolkit
NAfME and Coalition Resources:
- NAfME’s ESSA Fact Sheet and Key Terms
- ESSA In Plain English: What It Means For You
- NAfME ESSA Webinar FAQ
- Committee for Education Funding: Programs Authorized in the Conference Agreement on S. 1177
- Find your state advocacy leadership
U.S. Department of Education Resources:
- Text of the Every Student Succeeds Act S. 1177
- USDOE ESSA FAQ
- U.S. Department of Education ESSA Website
- U.S. Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter on ESSA
- U.S. Department of Education State Funding Tables by State (FY15-FY17)
- U.S. Department of Education State Funding Tables by Program (FY15-FY17)
- USDOE FACT SHEET: Congress Acts to Fix No Child Left Behind
- Cecilia Munoz, “Q&A: What You Need to Know about the Fix to No Child Left Behind“
ESSA Supporting Articles:
- “NAfME Joins National Education Funding Coalition“
- “In Every Student Succeeds Act, Music is Part of a Well-Rounded Education” (By Chris Woodside, NAfME, Medium)
- “How to improve Music Classes in a New Era of Education” (By Todd Stoll, VP of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Time Magazine)
- “In the Trenches: So Long No Child Left Behind“ (By Bob Morrison of Quadrant Arts Education Research, SBO)
- “Sweet Success” (By Melissa Erickson, Family)
- Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on House Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act
- Music Education Policy Roundtable Statement of Support for ESSA
For interviews, messages, videos, and other media resources regarding ESSA, please visit this page.