Are States Effectively Driving Stronger School Climates Via ESSA?

Are States Effectively Driving Stronger School Climates Via ESSA?

February 20, 2018

The Center for American Progress’ Samantha Batel says in The 74 that ESSA gave states an opportunity to “rethink their education systems,” and not just on accountability. ESSA plans also “encourage states to spotlight holistic support systems that can improve outcomes for students.” In fact, states “highlight a variety of policies and programs to improve conditions for student learning, particularly around school climate,” which correlates with myriad positive student outcomes, such as lowering absenteeism, suspensions, and substance abuse, as well as helping to narrow achievement gaps.