Every Student Succeeds Act: Key Issues for ASHA Members

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Every Student Succeeds Act Key Issues for ASHA Members

Table of Contents Every Student Succeeds Act Introduction and Overview................................................ 1 Implementation Timeline............................................................................................... 3 State Plans...................................................................................................................... 6 Funding Analysis............................................................................................................ 8 Alternate Achievement Standards for Students With the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (1%).......................................................................................... 11 Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP)...................................................... 13 Literacy........................................................................................................................ 15 Early Intervening Services and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.................................. 17 Professional Learning................................................................................................... 19 Professional Accountability........................................................................................... 22 Dyslexia....................................................................................................................... 24 Early Childhood Grants............................................................................................... 26 ASHA Staff Contacts.................................................................................................... 28

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Every Student Succeeds Act Introduction and Overview In December 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Public Law 114-95, into law. This new major federal K–12 law replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). ESSA allows for greater flexibility for states to create their own accountability systems, academic goals, reporting, and other requirements. Although the 2016–2017 school year is a transitional year from NCLB to ESSA, ESSA will take full effect beginning with the 2017–2018 school year. ESSA contains many new opportunities for ASHA’s school-based audiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) to • consult with state and local leaders when developing their state plan; • access more professional learning opportunities; • play a greater role in literacy in the early grades; and • develop more comprehensive early intervening and multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) for struggling students. ESSA requires states to develop new plans for how they will implement the law. The law requires the state to consult with various stakeholders, including those representing specialized instructional support personnel (SISP)—a designation that includes audiologists and SLPs, among other school-based professionals. Therefore, ASHA members will have the opportunity to play an important role in providing information to the states as they develop their plans related to professional learning, literacy, and early intervening services and assessments of children with disabilities.

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This analysis contains 11 key topic areas that ASHA members should pay close attention to as the law is implemented at the state and local levels: 1. Implementation Timeline 2. State Plans 3. Funding Analysis 4. Alternate Achievement Standards for Students With the Most Significant Cognitive Disabilities (1%) 5. Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) 6. Literacy 7. Early Intervening Services and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support 8. Professional Learning 9. Professional Accountability 10. Dyslexia 11. Early Childhood Grants Each topic area comprises (a) a general overview section with citations from ESSA; (b) a description of the impact that these provisio