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Federal Policy, Harness Opportunities in ESSA

The Every Student Succeeds Act—How Will the New Federal K-12 Education Law Support Personalized Learning?

Host: iNACOL

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On Wednesday, December 9, 2015, Congress passed a bill that reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The education law, called The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) would replace No Child Left Behind and holds significant implications for the field of K-12 education.

The bill gives states flexibility to redesign assessments for student-centered learning, to rethink accountability for new learning models, and to modernize educator and leadership development. It also provides funding to states and districts to implement personalized learning and invests in research on the digital equity gap.

View this webinar to hear from experts who worked on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to learn about important policy changes ahead at the federal level. This includes a discussion of implications for states as well as what it means for competency-based, blended and online learning.

In this webinar, iNACOL’s Vice President for Federal and State Policy provided an overview of the bill’s key provisions and answered attendee questions. 


  • Maria Worthen, Vice President for Federal and State Policy, iNACOL
  • Aisha Woodward, Legislative Assistant to Senator Angus King (I-ME)