ESSA Implementation Resources

The voice and leadership of school psychologists will be critical to ensuring that states' ESSA implementation efforts reflect best practice and equal opportunity for all students. These resources and fact sheets provide an overview of specific provisions in ESSA and key talking points to aid your advocacy efforts with local and state policy makers.

ESSA Factsheets for School Psychologists

ESSA Overview 
This document provides a summary of, and key messages related to, the elements of ESSA most relevant to school psychologists.

ESSA Assessment and Accountability 
School psychologists can help share accountabiilty systems that promote high achievement for all students. 

ESSA Title IV Funding Overview
Title IV authorizes substantial funding to help districts increase access to comprehensive school psychological services.

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ESSA Factsheets for Decision-Makers

ESSA Overview
School leaders and decision makers must recognize the value of school psychologists. 

ESSA Assessment and Accountability
Help school leaders to shape systems and services necessary to meaningfully improve outcomes for allstudents.

ESSA and MTSS
Demonstrate the importance of integrated and comprehensive school psychological services. 

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Resources from National Partners

Frequently Asked Questions about ESSA
The Council of Chief State School Officers released answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding ESSA. 

Resources for Supporting Safe and Healthy Students in the Every Student Succeeds Act 
The Department of Health and Human Services summarize a list of resources which meet criteria for ESSA funding.

Funding for Social-Emotional Learning in ESSA
ASCD Provides a list of specific programs for which ESSA funds may potentially be used to support SEL.

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Federal Guidance & Updates

Ensuring Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care
Resources to leverage policy changes in ESSA to improve outcomes for students in foster care.

Promoting Effective Stakeholder Engagement in ESSA
ESSA requires states and districts to engage in meaningful and ongoing consultation with diverse stakeholders in the development of various school improvement plans.

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Advocacy Tools & Resources

State ESSA Information
States and local school districts are, or soon will be, planning for ESSA implementation and it is imperative that school psychologists be involved in the conversation. This document contains links to ESSA implementation efforts at the state level (where available).

State Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act
ASCD's map provides links to state resources and opportunities for involvement

Key Stakeholder Information
It is critical that school psychologists engage with key stakeholders to ensure effective ESSA implementation. This document contains specific contact information to assist your efforts.

ESSA Implementation Guidance 
With effective and coordinated efforts, state associations can help influence the implementation of ESSA at the state and local level and empower their members to do the same.

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