Every Student Succeeds Act Signed By President Obama

Congratulations!  Because of the hard work, dedication and advocacy of PTA leaders and members across the country, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA/ESSA) into law on Thursday, December 10. The law ensures families are empowered to support their children’s learning and that all students receive a high-quality, well-rounded education that prepares them for long-term success.

“Every child, regardless of race, income, background, or zip code…deserves the chance to make of their lives what they will. This law focuses on a national goal of ensuring that all of our students graduate prepared for college and future careers.” – President Obama


Major provisions of the ESSA include:

  • Repeals adequate yearly progress and replaces it with a statewide accountability system
  • Maintains important information about student performance
  • Affirms state control of standards
  • Helps states to improve low-performing schools
  • Improves accountability for learning outcomes for all students
  • Targets funds to at-risk children
  • Helps states increase teacher quality
  • Supports at-risk populations
  • Provides greater funding flexibility to enhance support for students and schools
  • Promotes high-quality choices for parents
  • Maintains and strengthens critical programs

National PTA was represented at the signing ceremony by Executive Director Nathan Monell. California State PTA shared information via Twitter @CaliforniaPTA. Our collective voice is strong and will continue to be!  #PTA4Kids