Every Student Succeeds Act Supports Success Center Model


President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec 10th, 2015. This new federal education law increases local school control over student improvement programs and opens the door for evidence-based programs similar to those offered through Progressions’ Success Center.  To learn more about how you can support Progressions' Success Centers click here: http://progressions.us/pages/donate-page

This law replaces the No Child Left Behind act which, according to many school leaders, placed too much emphasis on test scores and not enough options or resources for schools struggling to meet academic standards. In an article written by Monica Scott and published in the Grand Rapids Press on December, 24th, 2015, Jenison (Michigan) Superintendent, Tom TenBrink reported that “autonomy and flexibility at state and local levels is what educators want.” Mr. Tenbrink also reported, “In addition to a standardized test score, factors such as student engagement, teacher engagement, and student success in advance work are now part of the overall picture of measuring the effectiveness of educational institutions.” Kent ISD Superintendent, Ron Caniff was quoted as saying, "We applaud the move to offer states greater flexibility on testing as well as allowing the state to determine appropriate interventions for schools that struggle academically.”

Ms. Scott added that the school-based “improvement plans must meet certain goals, for example, having needs-based interventions that have a track-record of effectiveness.” Ms. Scott also reported that “the law authorizes the spending of $24.9 billion in 2016, but that is subject to the spending bill the Congress is finalizing.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act certainly seems to be a step in the right direction with respect to providing schools with the funding and local control necessary to implement evidence-based programs aimed at helping students achieve academic success. In that non-cognitive skills are foundational to attainment of higher level cognitive skills, this Act may make it possible for more schools to implement the character coaching and social-emotional learning necessary to help students succeed in school, work and life. To learn more about the Every Student Succeeds Act, click here: https://goo.gl/980bPK

 




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