ESSA: What's on your Opportunity Dashboard?
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law by President Barack Obama replaces the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind (NCLB). NEA members and public education supporters accomplished something incredible in their work to pass ESSA, finally getting lawmakers to realize what educators have been saying all along – that test scores alone cannot accurately measure the quality of a school.
Now states can rely on more than just math and reading test scores when determining a school’s success. They can look at things like robust arts and athletics programs. Full time counselors and nurses and librarians. Strong parent and family engagement programs. Rigorous AP classes and engaging electives. So tell us: what’s on your Opportunity Dashboard?
If you list your priorities, NEA can better communicate with lawmakers about the features and systems that should be included in each state’s ESSA plans. And, if you tell NEA what you want to see on the Opportunity Dashboard in California, they'll be able to connect you with chances to talk with those lawmakers yourself, and other ways to get involved in the vital work to implement ESSA where you live.