ESSA Timelines and Implementation

In December President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bipartisan legislation that rewrites the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Now that ESSA is law, when does it go into effect? And what will happen with NCLB and NCLB waivers?

Watch the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Federal Flash to find out – in under five minutes.

Additionally, the Alliance has created a series of special Federal Flash videos that provide concise but comprehensive analyses of several key areas within the Every Student Succeeds Act. All of these materials and more are available on the Alliance for Excellent Education’s new webpage on the Every Student Succeeds Act at

If you prefer to learn via print rather than video, the Alliance has also created one-page fact sheets in each of the key areas, as well as a side-by-side chart comparing accountability provisions in NCLB, NCLB waivers, and ESSA.