THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT (ESSA): WHAT’S IN IT FOR PARENTS?

The most important thing to know is that the major requirements of districts and schools to engage parents and families are the same in the new law, including:

  1. The School District must offer programs and activities to involve parents and family members, and seek meaningful consultation with parents.
    • Develop with parents a written parent and family engagement policy
    • Build schools’ capacity to engage families
    • Evaluate its family engagement policy and practices, with meaningful input from families
    • Involve families in the activities of Title I schools
    • Reserve at least 1% of its grant to fund parent and family engagement activities; involve parents in deciding how to use these funds; and send 90% of this funding directly to schools.

Read more about ESSA and how the law affects families.