Aspen Institute: ESSA Plan

Learn how districts can leverage the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to advance equity.

In The Opportunity Myth, we found that students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, English language learners, and students with mild to moderate disabilities had consistently less access to four key in-school resources: grade-appropriate assignments, strong instruction, deep engagement, and teachers who hold high expectations. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers a promising opportunity for districts to advance equitable access to high-quality educational experiences.

Seizing the Moment: A District Guide to Advance Equity Through ESSA (produced by the Aspen Institute Education & Society Program, Chiefs for Change, EducationCounsel, and Education First) offers districts useful guidance regarding how to take advantage of ESSA.

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Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, stands in front of her students while introducing them to the captivating world of science

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, introduces her students to the captivating world of science.

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TNTP is the nation’s leading research, policy, and consulting organization dedicated to transforming America’s public education system, so that every generation thrives.

Today, we work side-by-side with educators, system leaders, and communities across 39 states and over 6,000 districts nationwide to reach ambitious goals for student success.

Yet the possibilities we imagine push far beyond the walls of school and the education field alone. We are catalyzing a movement across sectors to create multiple pathways for young people to achieve academic, economic, and social mobility.

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