ESSA Resources

Resources Related to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act provides new opportunities for strengthening student health. The resources listed below have been developed by various national organizations around ESSA. Their inclusion here does not indicate an endorsement by NACDD.


Getting Started with ESSA: What Every Student Succeeds Act Means to You (SHAPE America)
Free but requires registration and “free” purchase.

Every Student Succeeds Act: What you Need to Know (ASCD)

Title I

The Every Student Succeeds Act, Title I: Opportunities for Community-School Partnerships (Coalition for Community Schools)

Title II

Every Student Succeeds Act: Title II Provisions (National Association of Secondary School Principals/NASSP) 

Title IV

The Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IV: Opportunities for Community-School Partnerships (Coalition for Community Schools)

Every Student Succeeds Act: Title IV Provisions (NASSP)


ESSA: Meeting Students Needs Under Title IV (ASCD)


The Every Student Succeeds Act: What Does it Mean for State Accountability and Data (Council of State Governments)


ESSA: Measuring Success through Multimetric Accountability (ASCD)

Professional Development

ESSA: Professional Development for Educators (ASCD)




ESSA, Equity of Opportunity, and Addressing Barriers to Learning (UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools)

The Every School Succeeds Act Creates Opportunities to Improve Health and Education at Low-Performing Schools (Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts)

The Every Student Succeeds Act: Opportunities for School Psychology (National Association of School Psychologists/NASP)

E-Guide: Getting Started with ESSA (SHAPE America)

Framework for Action: Addressing Mental Health and Wellbeing Through ESSA Implementation (The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Healthy Schools Campaign, Mental Health America, and Trust for America’s Health)

Health-Related Provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act (National Network for Public Health Law)

Let’s Get this Conversation Started: Strategies: Tools, Examples and Resources to Help States Engage with Stakeholders to Develop and Implement their ESSA Plans (CCSSO)

Meaningful Local Engagement Under ESSA: A Handbook for LEA and School Leaders (Partners for Each and Every Child and the Council of Chief State School Officers)

New Opportunities to Promote Student Health under ESSA (National Association of State Boards of Education)

Using Needs Assessments to Connect Learning and Health: Opportunities in the Every Student Succeeds Act (Healthy Schools Campaign and Alliance for a Healthier Generation)


ESSA/NCLB Comparison Chart (ASCD)

Comparison of Select Elements of ESEA (Council of Chief State School Officers/CCSSO)

Comparison of Programs under NCLB and ESSA (American Federation of Teachers/AFT)

Title II

ESSA TItle II and Support for Educators FAQs (ASCD)

Title IV
ESSA TItle IV and School Health (ASCD)

Getting Started with ESSA (Impact on Health and Physical Education) (SHAPE America)

ESSA Implementation TImeline (ASCD)


ESSA and Accountability FAQs (ASCD)

ESSA 101: New Accountability Measures (National Association of Elementary School Principals/NAESP)

Title I Accountability, Reporting and State Plans (CCSSO)

Critical Outline: Accountability (CCSSO)

State Report Card Requirements (CCSSO)


Getting Started: A Guide for Stakeholder Outreach (CCSSO)

National Websites

ESSA Resources (AASA – The School Superintendents Association)

Every Students Succeeds Act – Implications for Mental Health (NASP)

Every Student Succeeds Act (CCSSO)

Every Student Succeeds Act/Focus on Physical Education (Voices for Healthy Kids)

PTA Resources for Families on the Every Student Succeeds Act (NEA) 

US Department of Education ESSA website

State Websites on ESSA

The National PTA is maintaining a website of all ESSA webpages from State Education Departments websites where information regarding ESSA task forces and stakeholder groups can be found:

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Webpages by State


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