SIIA Releases ESSA, Title I Report

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Adding to our library of market analysis resources for members, The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA is excited to announce the release of our latest education policy report — The Every Student Succeeds Act, Title I Summary & Analysis. ESSA’s Title I is the largest federal funding source for K-12 schools to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students.


In December 2015, Congress passed and then-President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, replacing No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—the country’s longstanding federal K-12 public education law enacted in 2002. This new four-year framework, which goes into effect at the start of the 2017-18 school year, authorizes federal education funding levels and outlines federal requirements states, school districts and public schools must follow to be eligible to receive such funding.


Typically, the trajectory for reauthorization of federal education laws has been to increase federal oversight or otherwise exert greater influence on local decision making. Key changes made under ESSA however, reduce the role of the federal government in education and return more decision-making authority to the states and local districts. ESSA goes so far as to include specific provisions prohibiting the US Department of Education and the Secretary of Education from influencing key state education decisions, such as the state education plans and accountability systems.


One of the biggest benefits for education service providers with this new law is the stability it will brings to the marketplace. The ESSA, Title I Summary & Analysis analyzes the major changes in ESSA’s Title I from NCLB and highlights potential areas of opportunities for education technology providers.


SIIA members can find the full ESSA, Title I report here and listen to ESSA webinar archives on ETIN’s Ed Policy forum. Members can also look forward to an upcoming webinar on Doing Business in Texas Schools Under ESSA on April 25 at 3pm ET. Registration details can be found here.



Nycole Nycole Stawinoga is the Education Policy and Program Manager at the Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) of SIIA. Find relevant national, federal, and state policy and program information in SIIA’s Ed Policy Forum. Follow Nycole on Twitter at @SIIANycole.