Teacher works with young boy with Down syndrome and another childJanuary 2017
A collaborative publication of the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) and The Advocacy Institute

Welcome to the final section (Section 7) of the Stakeholder Guide to the the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which offers:

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The No Child Left Behind Act ushered in several important provisions that contributed to heightened attention to the academic achievement of students with disabilities. As the Center for American Progress reported in 2015:

“NCLB built upon the progress made through IDEA and paved the way for a new era of increased transparency and accountability for students with disabilities. NCLB included provisions to prevent schools from discounting the performance of students with disabilities by requiring all students to be held to high standards and to be included in state accountability systems. Under NCLB, lowering standards and expectations for students with disabilities was no longer permissible, and schools were required to provide parents with transparent information related to their child’s performance.”

Stakeholders working on behalf of students with disabilities should strive to keep these advances intact and use key provisions in ESSA to build upon them. Doing so will take effort and persistence. Only by being steadfast in the belief that students with disabilities can and must be treated with equity in all aspects of ESSA can further improvements be realized.

Source of quotation above: How We Can Build Upon No Child Left Behind’s Progress for Students With Disabilities in a Reauthorized ESEA, available at: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/report/2015/04/02/110326/how-we-can-build-upon-no-child-left-behinds-progress-for-students-with-disabilities-in-a-reauthorized-esea/

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Resources of Additional Information

Center for Parent Information & Resources (CPIR)
Multiple resources:

Every Student Succeeds Act resource page (January 2016)

Webinar on ESSA (February 2016)

Search for the latest ESSA resources:

U.S. Department of Education | Every Student Succeeds Act website

Transitioning to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): Frequently Asked Questions
U.S. Department of Education (May 2016)

ESSA: Key Provisions and Implications for Students with Disabilities (PDF, 889 kb)
Council of Chief State School Officers

ESSA Guide for Advocates (PDF, 9.7 MG) | Leadership Conference Education Fund

Students Can’t Wait | Education Trust

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Authorship | This guide has been produced in a partnership between the Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) and The Advocacy Institute under a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs. The Center for Parent Information and Resources is a project of the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network, Inc.


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Index of Sections in the Stakeholder Guide to the ESSA

The Stakeholder Guide to the ESSA is presented in separate sections. Which section would you like to read now?

1 | Background, Structure of the ESSA, Implementation Timeline, State Plans, Stakeholder Engagement

2 | Academic Content Standards and Achievement Standards 

3 | Academic Assessments

4 | Statewide Accountability System 

5 | Identification of Schools in Need

6 | Annual Report Cards

7 | Conclusion and Resources (You’re already here!)

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