CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - When Congress did away with the No Child Left Behind Act; the Every Child Succeeds Act became the law of the land concerning education.
But what is it and how will it help our children?
The South Carolina Education Association and Quality Education Project hosted a Town Hall Forum downtown Tuesday night to give some insights into ESSA. Educational experts from around the nation and state made up the panel. Unlike the restrictive mandates from No Child Left Behind, ESSA allows more input from the local districts, state and parents as major stakeholders in the process.
"One of the components of ESSA is to raise awareness of education and engagement so we want to reach out to the community and hopefully have parents here and have a discussion about what the implementation of ESSA means in terms of getting parents involved in the education of their children," Dr. Kendall Deas of the Quality Education Project, said.
Some of the key components of Every Student Succeeds Act include protections for America's disadvantaged and high need students, annual statewide assessments, and accountability in areas of low progress and low graduation rates.