ERIC Number: EJ1093973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): New Legislation Creates Opportunities for Parent Advocates
Welch, Carolyn E.
Parenting for High Potential, v5 n2 p2-5 Feb 2016
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015 is an exciting development for parents, teachers, school leaders, and others who believe U.S. schools should meet the needs of high-ability students. The ESSA revised and reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), previously known as the No Child Left Behind Act. For the first time in history, the main U.S. education law (ESSA/ESEA) now includes provisions that support gifted and talented students. This positive development was achieved through years of federal advocacy by the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC), gifted state affiliate organizations, members of Congress, educators, parents, and others who support gifted education. These longstanding efforts to bolster congressional support for the TALENT Act (To Aid Gifted and High-Ability Learners by Empowering the Nation's Teachers Act) and increase funding for the Javits Program (a federal program that provides grants for gifted education research), finally resulted in the addition of positive measures for high-ability students into the ESSA. This article discusses what the new provisions are, what they mean, and what parents can do to capitalize on this opportunity.
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Educational Legislation, Special Needs Students, Gifted, Gifted Disadvantaged, Federal Legislation, Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Educational Practices, Parent Education, Parent Participation
National Association for Gifted Children. 1331 H Street NW Suite 1001, Washington, DC 20005. Tel: 202-785-4268; Fax: 202-785-4248; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.nagc.org/php.aspx
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001