NEA president supports Every Student Succeeds Act

The new federal education bill will create greater opportunity for every student to succeed, National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García said Tuesday. The bill, a reauthorization of the old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), is known as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is expected to be taken up by the House of Representatives this week, and the Senate is expected to follow next week.

“NEA is supportive of the Every Student Succeeds Act,” Eskelsen García said.

“Students have suffered long enough under the broken system of test and punish created by the No Child Left Behind Act. We are encouraged that this new bill will help to create greater opportunity for every student to succeed, regardless of their ZIP code.

“In particular, the bill includes student and school supports in state accountability plans to create an opportunity ‘dashboard’; reduces the amount of standardized testing in schools and decouples high-stakes decision making and statewide standardized tests; and ensures that educators’ voices are part of decision making at the federal, state and local levels.

“We look forward to working with members of both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to ensure that we produce a final bill that, when signed by the president, gives every student the opportunity, support, tools, and time to learn.”