ESSA & New York State

  • What is ESSA?

    The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a law that outlines how states can use federal money to support public schools. In January 2018, the federal government approved New York State’s plan to spend the approximately $1.6 billion the state receives annually under ESSA.

    Why does it matter?

    New York state is committed to ensuring that all students succeed and thrive in school no matter who they are, where they live, where they go to school, or where they come from. Since fall 2016, New York state asked for feedback to design a plan that improves equity, access, and opportunity for all students.

    What do parents need to know?

    Below are highlights of important elements for parents and families in the plan. We encourage you to visit the ESSA Section of NYSED’s website to learn more about the plan.

    1. New York state values a well-rounded education for all. Parents and families should know how their child’s school is performing in many areas, not just academic subjects.
    2. New York state wants to reduce testing time and improve the testing experience.
    3. New York state will help teachers and school leaders be ready for success and ensure that all students have access to an excellent educator.
    4. New York state is piloting a process to ask parents for additional help when their child’s school is identified for improvement.
    5. New York state will provide parents with a more complete picture of their child’s school.