The Every Student Succeeds Act

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The Every Student Succeeds Act is a reauthorization of the “50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)” . The purpose of the Every Student Succeeds Act is to “provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.” In order to accomplish this purpose, Federal Government requires that the state test students each year in the grades 3 through 8 and at least once in grades 9 through 12, in the subjects of math and reading or language arts. The Federal Government also requires that states test students “not less than one time” in grades 3 through 5, grades 6 through 9, and grades 10 through 12. This form of standardized testing is to…show more content…
Currently in twenty-four different states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, and others, they each have their own test. That means that students in all of the states, could possibly have requirements set by their state and that have a have a different test than students in at least twenty-three other states. If students are supposed to be receiving a “fair” education and the Every Student Succeeds Act is supposed to “close educational achievement gaps” , then why isn’t there a singular test given to students across the United States to measure this? There are many articles on how standardized tests do not accurately measure the quality of a student’s education. The majority of them summarize the pressure put of teachers to teach standardized tests, rather than to teach material that would correlate with and help students to understand the material on standardized tests. “’True accountability in education should not be
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