Every Student Succeeds: The Act, The Why and The How

Student in Class

Student in ClassThe beginning of December not only signals the start of the holidays, but also the start of a brand new hope for every student of every kind and race in America. Last week, President Obama signed the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan rewrite of No Child Left Behind.

Passed with strong bipartisan support, the legislation will ensure states set high school standards, maintain accountability, empower state and local decision-makers, establish new resources and provide children with more access and chance to get a strong start to their education.

What’s Left Behind

The much despised No Child Left Behind works under a one-size-fits-all approach. It fails to acknowledge the difference a student’s background, race, income or disability play in academic development. It also lacks focus on children’s special needs, such as specific technology designed to address certain lacks.

In the administration’s effort to improve education, tremendous effort is focused to address what No Child Left Behind Neglected, that is, to improve education, from cradle to career. The ESSA aims to invest on quality early learning, higher standards and more and stronger teachers.

Future Ready

Apart from these, the bill also aims to expand access to technology, a timely federal change especially in today’s digital age. The ESSA will increase student’s access to high-speed internet, independent private sector hardware digital content, software, wireless service and teacher training.

More importantly, the bill also aims to make college more affordable, especially to the underprivileged, disabled and marginalized group. From student aids to the new and improved college scorecard, the administration is working to provide the youth with the right tools for success.

However, parents may not notice major differences when they put their kids to school next year. Although the states are surely operating under a new federal law, there may not be much on-the-ground change but all this law asks is time and trust – which is what it takes for success, after all.