In 2015, Congress passed a new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA is the law that guides the use of federal funding in states, districts and schools across the nation. This law works to shine a light on performance gaps between student groups that persist in our schools. It was designed to help school districts provide programs for eligible schools, students, teachers and families to raise the academic achievement of struggling learners and address complex challenges. In addition to foundational supports, some schools receive Tier I, II, or III support. This school designation is based on how well students perform on state testing.
One of the key changes in the plan is to provide more flexibility and support to schools. Under ESSA, our freedom to help students has been greatly expanded. We can use evidence-based strategies that will address the unique needs of our students to help all of our students succeed.
Washington’s ESSA Plan outlines initiatives to attract and retain effective educators. Additionally, the state schools superintendent will identify more schools that have gaps in student performance between student groups. With this identification comes targeted funding and other supports to help reduce and eventually eliminate those gaps.
More performance and demographic data for Washington State, Highline School District, and individual school data including performance may be found at: https://washingtonstatereportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/
Please contact your school administrator for more information on your students’ school.
For questions regarding grant compliance issue or budget you may contact the Title I/LAP/ESSA Office:
Assistant Director of Categorical Budgets & Supplemental Programming