Apr 20, 2017 2017-04-20
TESOL’s free Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) resource kit is designed to help ESL professionals learn about the essential components of ESSA, which is the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), formerly known as No Child Left Behind.
As the main statute that funds primary and secondary education in the United States, ESSA is often viewed as a civil rights law, since it promotes equal access to education for all students and establishes high standards and accountability for the most disadvantaged students—including English learners (ELs). As such, many new aspects of the recently enacted law affect the overall education of ELs and will impact classroom practice, the preparation and support of ESL teachers, and the activities of state educational agencies and local school districts.
While it provides an overview of each of the new law’s titles, the resource kit explores in depth the first four titles of ESSA, which outlines (1) how funding for low-income school districts is allocated and what measurements for accountability need to be in place (Title I); (2) how funds for states and districts are distributed and can be used for teacher training and professional development (Title II); (3) how technical assistance and funding of instruction for ELs will be made available and what new data reporting will be required (Title III); and (4) how funds will be allocated to states and districts for school enrichment and flexibility (Title IV).
This freely downloadable resource kit is intended to help educate ESL teachers and other constituencies to advocate for policies, funding uses, and other priorities at the local and state levels to improve instruction for ELs so these students can achieve language proficiency and academic success.