A February 2016 survey found that many educators are relatively unfamiliar with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and are looking for their partners to help them navigate and implement the changes that ESSA is bringing.
Key findings include:
- Only 12% of educators are “Very Familiar” with ESSA
- 56% of educators expect ESSA to only have a small impact
- 45% will look for vendors for guidance
- 22% expect vendors to take the lead
- The internet is the #1 source educators are using to learn more about ESSA
Educators are worried about:
- Getting information about new regulations
- Learning new requirements and implementing changes
- Providing adequate professional development to staff to ensure student success
- Funding for making changes through professional development and curriculum development
- Balance between high/good test scores and good educational practices
While full compliance ESSA is not required until 2017, districts are starting to make plans and transitioning now. Is your company familiar with ESSA and providing your customers with the information, resources, and support they need? If not, the Department of Education has resources available to help educate you and your customers on the changes coming in 2017.