A New Education Law: The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on December 10, 2015, and represents good news for our nation’s schools. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA), the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. The previous version of the law, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, was enacted in 2002. NCLB represented a significant step forward for our nation’s children in respects, particularly as it shined a light on where students were making progress and where they needed additional support, regardless of race, income, zip code, disability, home language, or background. The law was scheduled for revision in 2007, and over time, NCLB’s prescriptive requirements became increasingly unworkable for schools and educators. Recognizing this fact, in 2010, 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.
The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years, made possible by the efforts of educators, communities, parents, and students across the country.
TITLE I, PART A - IMPROVING THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF THE DISADVANTAGED
Purpose: To ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on state academic achievement standards and assessments.
TITLE I, PART A - PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT
Purpose: To have schools help parents to help their children by offering capacity-building activities through direct parental involvement in the educational process, such as homework monitoring, enhanced communication between teachers and parents (progress reports, report cards, state assessment reports, newsletters, fliers, etc.), home-visits, school-parent compacts, parental involvement policy, parents’ right to know, school choice, school improvement, and other mechanisms.
TITLE I, PART A - EDUCATION FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Purpose: The purpose of the Education for Homeless Children and Youth grant is to ensure that all homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education as any non-homeless child or youth.
TITLE I, PART A – FOSTER CARE
Purpose: To ensure that children in foster care experience minimal educational disruption as the result of foster care placement and receive the same opportunities as their peers to develop the skills necessary to be successful in school and life.
TITLE I, PART A - SCHOOL CHOICE:
Purpose: To offer families in schools that have not met state targets for improving the achievement of all students the chance to transfer their children to other public schools that have met state targets in the same district. Students will be allowed to remain at the school of choice through the last grade.
2020-2021 Schools Eligible for Choice and Receiving School
|Choice Schools||Receiving Schools|
|Donaldsonville Primary||Lake Elementary|
|Lowery Elementary||Lake Elementary|
|Lowery Middle||Prairieville Middle|
TITLE II, PART A –TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL TRAINING AND RECRUITING
Purpose: To increase student academic achievement by elevating teacher and principal quality through recruitment, hiring, and retention strategies and to hold school districts and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.
TITLE III – LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS AND IMMIGRANT STUDENTS
Purpose: To provide supplemental services that improve the English Language proficiency and academic achievement of ELs, including through the provision of language instruction educational programs and activities that increase the knowledge and skills of teachers who serve ELs.
TITLE IV-A – STUDENT SUPPORT AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT GRANT (SSAE)
Purpose: To provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.