Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
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Information from the U.S. Department of Education on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the successor to the No Child Left Behind Act.
The Every Student Succeeds Act advances the promise of ensuring that all students – from pre-kindergarten to postsecondary, including low-income students, students of color, students with disabilities, English Learners, and other historically marginalized students – have access to a world-class education that prepares them for college, career, and life.
The annual Pennsylvania System School Assessment is a standards-based, criterion-referenced assessment which provides students, parents, educators and citizens with an understanding of student and school performance related to the attainment of proficiency of the academic standards.
The Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA) requires that States and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) ensure that all children with disabilities are included in all general state and district-wide assessment programs, including assessments used for purposes of satisfying the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) was developed to meet the needs of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who are not able to participate in the general assessment even with accommodations.
The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, also known as PSSA, measures how well students have achieved in reading, mathematics, science and writing according to Pennsylvania's world-class academic standards. By using these standards, educators, parents and administrators can evaluate their students' strengths and weaknesses to increase students' achievement scores.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides each state with enhanced flexibility to designate and serve schools in need of support. ESSA provides states new flexibility to address conditions, strategies, and investments to ensure equitable opportunities for all students, and strike the appropriate balance between holding schools accountable for improving and providing extra tools and resources.