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PEATC Factsheet for Virginia's Parents: The differences between ESSA (Every Child Succeeds Act of 2015) amd (NCLB) No Child Left Behind Act of 2001


The Every Child Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). While there are some similarities, there are some differences that are worth noting: Highly Qualified Language is Removed An area to note is that ESSA removes the terms “highly qualified teacher” and “highly qualified paraprofessional” as of August 1, 2016 (Superintendent’s Memo #076-16). Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, “highly qualified” data will no longer be collected or reported, nor will calculations be made related to percentages of classes being taught by highly qualified teachers. However, under ESSA and §22.1-298.1 of the Code of Virginia, students must still be taught by teachers who are properly licensed and endorsed for the classes they are assigned to teach. Instead, under ESSA, teacher equity data will be reported annually the rates at which low-income students in Title I schools and non-low income students in non-Title I schools are taught by

  • Ineffective teachers
  • Inexperienced teachers; and
  • Out-of-field teachers


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Federal Laws Parent/Family Professional Resources