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Every Child Succeeds Act 2015

Every Child Succeeds Act

 Replaces NCLB Act of 2008
Effective July 1, 2016 
Legislative History
A conference committee met on November 18 and 19 to resolve the differences between H.R. 5, the Student Success Act, and S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, which passed their respective chambers in July, and voted to adopt the conference framework by a vote of 38-1. Legislative language was completed over Thanksgiving. The conference report then passed the House on December 2 by a vote of 359-64, and the Senate on December 9 by a vote 85-12. The bill’s title is the “Every Student Succeeds Act,” abbreviated in the summary as ESSA. It reauthorizes programs in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act for four years. Major Provisions
For noncompetitive programs the effective date is July 1, 2016, and most competitive programs are in effect October 1, 2016. The U.S. Secretary of Education (“Secretary”) will takes steps to provide an “orderly transition to and implementation of” programs authorized by the Act. Certain waivers are terminated as of August 1, 2016, specifically those under Section 9401 of No Child Left Behind, as first introduced in a letter to chief state school officers on September 23, 2011. New state plans will be effect in the 2016-2017 school year.