ESSA Designation

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the most recent re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, previously known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). President Barack Obama signed ESSA into law in 2015. Like previous re-authorizations, the law sets requirements for what states must do to receive federal education funding. While ESSA maintains standards-based components, including annual standardized testing, it grants states more control around setting goals, establishing standards, and determining the consequences for schools and districts that are deemed low-performing. After engaging stakeholders across the state for more than a year, the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) submitted its plan for implementing ESSA to the federal government and received approval in January 2018. Some parts of the law began to take effect as early as 2017, but the new accountability system that was established in the MDE plan will officially take effect at the start of the 2018-19 school year