For Immediate Release: December 1, 2015
Contact: Renée Rybak Lang,, 703-740-4841

National Association of State Boards of Education Endorses the Every Student Succeeds Act

Alexandria, VA — Today the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) announces its strong support of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA restores leadership and judgment to states while maintaining an appropriate national commitment to accountability. NASBE therefore strongly urges the full House and Senate to approve ESSA.

“ESSA will give state and local leaders the policy certainty, innovation authority, and targeted supports needed to promote educational equity and ensure that all students are prepared for college, careers, and civic life,” NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson said in a statement. “The nation’s state boards of education stand ready to redouble their support for America’s students and teachers, leveraging the ESSA’s revamped accountability, assessment, and school improvement provisions to better identify persistently low-performing schools and tailor effective interventions to improve them. States welcome this new challenge and authority to better support our teachers, leaders, and their schools.”

“The revised law restores balance to education policymaking,” said NASBE President Mary Lord, member-at-large of the DC State Board of Education. “It preserves and strengthens transparency for measuring the achievement levels of diverse groups of students but gives states more running room and authority in such key areas as accountability and school turnarounds. State boards of education are ready to play a greater leadership role in this new era.”

“ESSA gives more authority and flexibility to the states than was provided for in NCLB,” said NASBE President-Elect James McNiece, chair of the Kansas State Board of Education. “The bill may not meet all the needs of states, but it is a move in the right direction. ESSA provides states with stability and confidence to innovate in ways that will serve all our students equitably.”

The Every Student Succeeds Act is expected to be voted on by the House tomorrow, followed by the Senate.

The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. Our principal objectives are to strengthen state leadership in education policymaking, advocate equality of access to educational opportunity, promote excellence in the education of all students, and ensure responsible lay governance of education. Learn more at