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The Every Student Succeeds Act

by Center on Transition Innovations

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 The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law with wide bipartisan support on December 10, 2015, and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002 (NCLB). The ESSA is coordinated with other laws, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The ESSA reduces testing requirements and returns some control over education to the state and local levels. Access to the general education curriculum is promoted, as are the use of universal design for learning principles and the use of appropriate accommodations. The ESSA also seeks to reduce barriers to graduation for students with disabilities, and to increase the information provided to parents during the IEP process.