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The Every Student Succeeds Act ensures that teachers’ voices are part of decision-making at the federal, state, and local levels – a major improvement over No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all approach to educating students.

Key Provisions

  • Moves decision-making to the people who know the names of the students they educate while maintaining supports that ensure ZIP codes do not determine the quality of education
  • Incentivizes supports and interventions that are tailored to local needs while preserving the historic federal role in protecting the most vulnerable: children in poverty, students with disabilities, and English-language learners
  • Calls for committees of practitioners where teachers and paraeducators (with recent classroom experience), parents, and community members can work together to improve their local schools
  • Offers grants that could be used to support initiatives to increase diversity in the teaching workforce
  • Makes resources available to states that could be used to develop or strengthen teacher induction and mentoring programs
  • Provides a definition of professional development embedded in research based on standards developed by teachers – for example, Learning Forward’s Standards for Professional Learning
  • Allows district funds to be used to enhance collaboration and teacher-led professional development aligned with students’ learning needs
  • Prohibits the federal government from mandating teacher evaluations or defining teacher effectiveness
  • Expands the reach of collective bargaining to cover:
    • Targeted school supports and improvements in Title I
    • Professional development, pay based on professional growth, the Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (formerly called TIF), and all other provisions of contracts impacted by Title II
    • Community schools in Title IV
  • Requires consultation with organizations representing educators in multiple places, ensuring that teachers and their local unions have a say in decision-making