Every Student Succeeds Act
Today President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act, the first major national education overhaul since the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001.
This law is of great interest to us at WUCF TV, Central Florida PBS. We have been working on these issues in our work on American Graduate, a local/national public media initiative to catalyze discussion and illuminate community-based solutions to the dropout crisis.
One of the new features of the ESSA is that high schools must use graduation rates as one of several measures of progress. American Graduate local partners have assembled a large body of knowledge about how to enable more students to stay in school and graduate, especially in those schools and among demographic groups with chronically high dropout rates.
There is great value in the new legislation to enable schools, especially those struggling to deploy “integrated student supports,” which could include a broad array of social services – within and outside the school, for academic and for non-academic needs – that can help at-risk students succeed.
In general, as we have worked on American Graduate we have found that there is no single silver bullet to boost graduation rates. Rather, communities need to provide multiple high-quality supports to students. We encourage you to visit our website: www.wucftv.org/AmericanGraduate to learn more about some of the great work our community partners are doing in Central Florida to support students on their paths to graduation.
Do you need help? Are you looking for volunteer opportunities to help students? You also visit our Community Resources Map to find more information about opportunities in our community.