One Law, Many Viewpoints: How ESSA is Viewed Four Years Into Its Implementation

One Law, Many Viewpoints: How ESSA is Viewed Four Years Into Its Implementation

December 9, 2019

When the Every Student Succeeds Act was passed into law on December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama called it a “Christmas Miracle.” While “public schools are still in the process of formally adjusting,” to the law and some critics continue to raise concerns over its efficacy, “the universal expectation on Capitol Hill is that it will effectively be the law of the land for years to come.” On its four-year anniversary of becoming law, this piece in Education Week brings together a range of voices—from members of Congress and the Department of Education to state superintendents, principals, and teachers—to reflect on progress made under the law and what work is still left to do.