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Every Student Succeds Act - Federal Programs

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December of 2015. It reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001. This law serves as the primary federal governance structure for common education in the U.S. It requires each state to submit a compliance plan in order to receive federal funding. 

ESSA challenges states to take a more comprehensive approach toward the leveraging of federal funding streams in order to provide equity to historically disadvantaged students, including the economically disadvantaged, major racial and ethnic groups, the disabled, and English learners (ELs). Additionally, there is to be a new focus student in foster care, homeless students, and students of military families.

States are required to describe how they will support ALL students and hold schools and districts accountable in the following areas: 

  • academic standards and assessments
  • accountability and school improvement
  • excellent educators
  • opportunities and access to a quality, well-rounded education

More information can be found in the ESSA FAQs provided by the United States Department of Education.


As a recipient of Federal Grants, Owasso Public Schools makes every effort to use the awarded federal funds properly and transparently by following state and federal laws concerning each grant. Anyone who observes, detects or suspects improper use of federal funds, can report that information to the Office of the Inspector General’s hotline at 1-800- MISUSED.