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The Every Student Succeeds Act

Every Student Succeeds Act

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) strongly supports the Every Student Succeeds Act, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) creates a long-term stable federal policy that gives states additional flexibility and encourages states and schools to innovate, while at the same time holding us accountable for results.

The new law is aligned with key priorities for reauthorization that CCSSO released in January 2015.

CCSSO stands ready to support all states as they move forward in implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. Our support includes:

  • Providing tools and resources so every state can learn about the content of the new law and how it will directly impact their students.
  • Hosting a series of webinars and in-person meetings to provide states with one-on-one support as they plan for changes at the state and local level.
  • Providing comprehensive supports throughout the transition period as states develop implementation strategies and new state plans under the new law.

ESSA Overview Resources for States



English Learners

Federal Funding Streams

School Supports and Interventions



Standards and Assessments


Teachers and Leaders

Stakeholder Engagement

Other ESSA Implementation Considerations


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 


Contact:Peter  ZamoraPeter.Zamora@ccsso.org202-336-7003