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Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
Foster Youth and Juvenile Justice Provisions - Legislative Language

On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the conference bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This bill broadly maintains annual testing while scaling back the federal role in education, providing states greater control over accountability and school improvement. The law also aims to create transparency regarding achievement gaps among disadvantaged subgroups of students, including foster youth. This publication highlights the legislative language for provisions related to students in foster care and youth in the juvenile justice system.