• For information regarding ESSA Federal programs, contact a Region 3 specialist:

    Laura Longoria
    Laura Longoria
    Coordinator for Federal Programs
    361-573-0731 Ext. 246
    Beverly Wyatt
    Beverly Wyatt
    ESSA Education Specialist 
    361-573-0731 Ext. 245
    Victoria Rivera  
    Victoria Rivera
    Migrant Education Specialist
    361-573-0731 ext. 259 

ESSA Highlights

  • President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act into law on December 10, 2015.

    ESSA includes provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools. Below are just a few. The law:

    • Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-need students.
    • Requires—for the first time—that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.
    • Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.
    • Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators—consistent with our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhoods
    • Sustains and expands this administration's historic investments in increasing access to high-quality preschool.
    • Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.