The South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) is pushing for the implementation of the United States Department of Education’s Every Student Succeeds Act.
The new program is set to take effect in the 2017-18 school year. It was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in December. It is meant as a replacement for the unpopular “No Child Left Behind” law.
SCEA President Bernadette Hampton told South Carolina Radio Network that her organization is reaching out state education leaders. “We look forward to continue to work with the state Department of education and support of the profile of the high school graduate and Every Student Succeeds Act implementation in our state,” Hampton said.
Hampton said that her organization is looking to lawmakers for their backing. “A plea out to our legislators and to encourage them that our educators need their support,” said Hampton.
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) governs the country’s K–12 public education policy. The law is designed to replace the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and modified, but did not eliminate provisions relating to the periodic standardized tests given to students which was a central part of NCLB.
However, it does give county school boards and states more control over educational standards and issues. It does keep the standardized testing to better mark districts’ progress compared to their peers.