The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a new federal law that provides Ohio an opportunity to reject the failed strategies of the past by making changes to improve education. Teachers, parents and community leaders must be included in the process of setting education policies focused on meeting all needs of every child and ending the culture of excessive testing.
ESSA is perhaps the greatest opportunity of our lifetimes to influence how education is improved. ESSA relies on input from educators, parents and community members interested in improving education for our children. ESSA is a step forward for education - one that puts our children first and provides teachers the support they need to be successful.
The Every Student Succeeds Act is our opportunity to improve education for our children. Together we can stand up for change. Because the status quo is failing our children.
Redefining Public Education
ESSA must truly be a reset of education policies, not a repeat of failed ones. This reset must address that teachers, students and parents have lost trust in the current system, for good reason. A redefinition must focus on creating a system where students want to learn, teachers want to work and are recognized as the instructional leaders, parents are enthusiastic about sending their children and of which the community is proud.
One key element in making this reset a reality is an end to the culture of excessive testing. Standardized testing punishes students and teachers and is intimidating and threatening. Testing should inform instruction to help teachers meet student needs and help students improve academically.
- Ending the culture of excessive testing
- Providing a well-rounded education
- Honoring input from parents, students, teachers and paraprofessionals
- Recognizing teachers as instructional leaders
- Resourcing our public schools to meet the academic and non-academic needs of all students
- Building learning environments that foster creativity and develop critical thinking skills
- Supporting early childhood education for all as the best foundation for future learning