Provisions in ESSA Make Homeless Students a Priority

Provisions in ESSA Make Homeless Students a Priority

June 16, 2016

Provisions in ESSA will strengthen data collection to make homeless students more visible, reports The Atlantic. States and local school districts “will be required to disaggregate the graduation rates of homeless students for the first time in history.” According to the article, more than 1.3 million students were homeless during the 2013-2014 academic years, and the number of homeless students in the U.S. “has doubled in the past decade.” ESSA “provides a 20 percent increase in funding … and more money dedicated to training staffers to recognize homeless minors, among several other measures.”