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ESSA Q&A and Resources for New York Employers

What is the Every Student Succeeds Act? Why is it a critical opportunity to strengthen New York’s economy?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is bipartisan federal legislation that replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as our nation’s most important K-12 education law. Unlike NCLB, which imposed strict mandates, ESSA gives states flexibility to craft their own systems to hold schools accountable for student outcomes—most importantly, whether students are graduating college- and career-ready. In the next few months, state leaders are making big decisions about what it means to be a successful school, what rate of academic progress is acceptable, and what to do when schools are not meeting our expectations. In New York State, these decisions have significant implications for our employers, workforce, and economic competitiveness.
Read our ESSA Fact Sheet for Business.

How can employers and the business community make their voices heard?

With support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, The Public Policy Institute and The Business Council of New York State have convened an unprecedented coalition of civil rights, education, parent, and business organizations to advocate for a strong accountability system that promotes college and career readiness for all New York students.

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How can we ensure that academic achievement is the main driver of school performance ratings and improvement strategies?

Read the coalition’s policy brief: Towards Justice for All? The Opportunities and Risks for Educational Equity in New York State Under ESSA.

Where can I learn more about ESSA and building a strong accountability system? Read our fact sheets:

How is the coalition keeping the pressure on the NYS Education Department and the Board of Regents?

Read the coalition’s response to the publication of the State Education Department’s High Concept Ideas for implementing ESSA and the coalition’s letter to Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia urging a longer public comment period.

What are people saying about our ESSA coalition?