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With the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) moving into the implementation phase, Teach Plus teachers are stepping up to offer feedback to policymakers and help shape their state’s implementation strategy. Teach Plus teachers are focusing on the key provisions of the law that directly impact them and their students: accountability and assessment systems, and teacher leadership opportunities.


Teach Plus engaged thousands of teachers in the rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—a civil rights law that is at its core focused on the students who fill the classrooms of Teach Plus teachers: Low-income students and students of color. ESSA includes a common-sense approach to assessment and strong provisions to build and promote teacher leadership opportunities, two sets of recommendations that came from Teach Plus teachers.

Read more about our teachers' leading the charge ESSA