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New Act Returns Power to the States

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New Act Returns Power to the States

This past December, President Obama signed The Every Student Succeeds Act which gives states more control over curriculum, testing and standards. The new act has been well received by educators who feel that its predecessor, the No Child Left Behind Act, allowed too much federal control and micromanagement of our schools since its inception in 2002.

The ESSA places an emphasis on ensuring all students meet college- and career-ready standards. Annual standardized testing will continue, but states will determine measures for student performance targets and school ratings.

The act will continue to uphold protection for America’s disadvantaged and high-need students.

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