ESSA’s New Rules Address Most Pressing Issues with Impoverished Students

ESSA’s New Rules Address Most Pressing Issues with Impoverished Students

July 2, 2016

Elaine Weiss, national coordinator for the Broader Bolder Approach to Education, wrote in the Washington Post that ESSA has the potential to help impoverished students. Weiss argues that ESSA’s “parent and community engagement provisions… could become a tool for schools to diagnose root problems and get the supports they need from their district and state to address them.” She points out how educators who go out of their way to help students are still restricted by NCLB’s focus on test scores and graduation rates. ESSA’s new rules have the potential to stop the “devastating and counterproductive loss” to low-income students caused by NCLB requirements.