Understanding the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): A Parents' Guide to the Nation's Landmark Education Law (August 2018), U.S. Department of Education


This guide aims to help parents like you understand the flexibility provided to States and school districts in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which amended the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a landmark Federal education law. We know that parents are the most important advocates for their children. Because States and school districts have significant flexibility in how they meet the requirements of the law, you have an opportunity to influence how they use that flexibility to best help your child. We hope that this document empowers you with information that will help you advocate for better education for your child and every child in your State and district and help you make the right choices for your family.

Contents include: Tests, Accountability, School Support and Improvement, Student-Focused Activities, Charter Schools, Funding Flexibility, Supporting Local Reform, Resources

This guide is available in English and Spanish.



Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Laws Parent/Family Professional Resources