The Elementary And Secondary Education Act And The No Child Left Behind Act

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was enacted into law on December 10, 2015 by former President Barack Obama. This law replaced the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 that President George W. Bush passed into law during his presidency. The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) replaced the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 which was passed by Lyndon Johnson. The ESSA “reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students” (Department of Education, 2016). The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as introduced as part of President Johnson’s War of Poverty Social Welfare program. Between 1965 and…show more content…
The law was scheduled for revision in 2007, and, over time, NCLB’s prescriptive requirements became increasingly unworkable for schools and educators. Recognizing this fact, in 2010, the Obama administration joined a call from educators and families to create a better law that focused on the clear goal of fully preparing all students for success in college and careers” (Department of Education, 2016). In 2007, NCLB act was due for review and reauthorization but due to lack of cooperation among representatives, the bill was not addressed then. During the Obama Administration, states were reviewed and it was discovered that though the NCLB was a good start many states were failing to meet the standards put forth by the act. The Obama administration thus issued waivers to states so that they could reach out to the schools that though were not meeting the standards they showed overall success and positive outcomes (Education Week,2016). These waivers were mention as a way to assist these at-risk schools with achieving the standards. To receive the waiver, many schools were forced to restructure their academic standards in conjuncture with standards such as the Common Core (Education Week, 2016). The Common Core has been a very controversial topic in schools and its effectiveness/credibility. The NCLB along with the ESSA were met with resistance from parents due to these
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