The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has its roots in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), enacted in 1965, with the purpose of providing equal educational opportunity for all students. In 2002, ESEA was reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The most recent reauthorization is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was enacted in 2015 and scheduled to be fully operational in the 2017-2018 school year. It changes the way schools and districts are identified for support with the goal of improving student achievement. Data for all schools in Washington State is scheduled to be released by mid-March. The following short clips provide the most current information about the why, the what, the how, and the next steps of ESSA implementation. For a comprehensive overview of ESSA, visit OSPI’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act home page.