Every Student Succeeds Act

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)- What does it mean to you?

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the new K-12 federal education law, which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces No Child Left Behind. ESSA was signed into law in 2015 and will be phased in over the next few years. The law aims to increase local input and flexible decision making based on what communities and states need.  Ensuring all students have access to a quality education—inside and outside the classroom—is one of ESSA’s key goals.

This new law provides tremendous opportunities to secure resources for afterschool and summer programs across Oregon.  Whether you are a parent, program provider or community advocate, see how the new ESSA act may impact you and how you can get engaged in the advocating for youth in your community.

ESSA Workgroup & Report

OregonASK has been working in collaboration with the Oregon Department of Education, Chief Education Office and an amazing group of stakeholders, to offer solutions to help policymakers and STEM partners thoroughly understand the importance and role that afterschool and summer STEM & CTE opportunities play in creating equitable systems to support all youth in Oregon.

Full implementation of ESSA will not occur until the 2017-18 school year, but planning has already begun, allowing states, school districts and their partners to find valuable resources for creating positive school climates and expanded learning opportunities within new ESSA guidelines. From our group of stakeholders, we created a report that provides a framework for implementation, as well as suggested funding sources to provide a practical manual for increasing student outcomes to meet the rigorous state goals.

Our Report & Recommendations for Improving Access to Learning: A Sustainable Pathway for All, describes resources, programmatic requirements, and allowable uses of funds in each Title, providing a brief description about the program that was authorized, listing the appropriated and authorized funding levels as set forth by Congress, the President’s fiscal year 2017 budget request, and the type of entity that can apply for the fund. You can access the full report HERE.

Find resources below from our STEM Solutions Webinar series.

April 12th Webinar on Integrating Summer, STEM & ESSA, with the National Summer Learning Association.

CLICK HERE to access the recording of our March 16th Webinar on STEM & ESSA Integration, with  speakers from the STEM Education Coalition.

Below, you will find additional one page informational handouts, as well as notes and resources from our fall ESSA Workgroup Meetings:


Additional ESSA Resources

Afterschool ESSA Talking Points helps outline some places for afterschool and summer programs to take advantage of the new law and help build foundational connections between formal and informal educators.

Download this ESSA One Page outline that summarizes the opportunities to support youth through afterschool, summer and informal STEM learning.

Informal STEM Resources: The STEM Education Coalition and the Afterschool Alliance have collaborated to develop a toolkit of materials to guide you through the steps of engaging with state and local policymakers. The toolkit provides you with the background information necessary to get started in asking your policymakers to take action. They’ve also included links to the formal guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education to state and local educators on how to apply for federal funds to support STEM education through the ESSA. Finally, there are also links to webinars and other in-depth materials about the new education law and what it means for you.

Oregon Department of Education ESSA Homepage has the latest updates on Oregon’s planning process for ESSA across the state, including opportunities for community members to get engaged.

A Parent’s Role in ESSA Implementation provided by the National PTA gives an overview of ESSA and an introduction to engaging parents and families in the implementation process. Watch a 1 hour webinar or download the slides for quick links and resources.

National Summer Learning Association has also put together information on Opportunities to Support Summer through ESSA.

Education Week’s video, ESSA Explained, provides a short overview of the new law, including what it says about teachers, assessment and school performance.

See what Federal Actions and Resources are being provided to states and stakeholders to help answer some of the FAQ’s about ESSA Implementation.