The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law at the end of last year. Educators, administrators and state legislators have been waiting for this reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since No Child Left Behind expired more than eight years ago.
Just like you, ASHA wants to know how the new law affects audiologists and SLPs working in schools, and so, after investigating, has released a guide to ESSA. The guide highlights how educational audiologists and school-based SLPs can make the most of the coming months before ESSA goes into effect for the 2017-2018 school year.
The next few weeks are especially crucial if you want to provide input for your state’s new educational plan. Final plans are due to the U.S. Department of Education in September. The guide also offers ways ESSA might change the way you serve students once it’s implemented.
The U.S. Department of Education applauds ESSA for creating greater flexibility in individual states and taking the focus off standardized testing. Instead, this bipartisan act pushes state departments of education to create new plans based on input from educators, including those serving students with special needs. The ESSA home page states that, “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.”
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The ASHA guide to ESSA includes a general overview of the law, implementation timeline, state plans, funding, alternate achievement standards for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, specialized instructional support personnel, literacy, early intervening services and multi-tiered systems of support, professional learning, professional accountability, dyslexia, and early childhood grants.