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High school graduation rates today are exceeding those of the drop-out rates. More students are going to college as a result of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). ESSA was passed by President Barack Obama. Photo attribution to Edweek Library on Twitter.
High school graduation rates today are exceeding those of the drop-out rates. More students are going to college as a result of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). ESSA was passed by President Barack Obama. Photo attribution to Edweek Library on Twitter.
High school graduation rates today are exceeding those of the drop-out rates. More students are going to college as a result of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). ESSA was passed by President Barack Obama. Photo attribution to Edweek Library on Twitter.
High school graduation rates today are exceeding those of the drop-out rates. More students are going to college as a result of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). ESSA was passed by President Barack Obama. Photo attribution to Edweek Library on Twitter.

by Vivian Chang and Nicole Yu, staff reporters

High school graduation rates today are exceeding those of the drop-out rates. More students are going to college as a result of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

ESSA is a new education law that is based on the No Child Left Behind Act, which is an updated version of the Elementary and Secondary Act.

ESEA was an education law that was passed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 9, 1965. It helped schools cover the cost of teaching-disadvantaged students.

After that, came the NCLB (No Child Left Behind) Act, passed by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002. This law held schools responsible for the academic progress of their students. The NCLB Act showed that students of different races, disabilities, languages, and backgrounds can all be treated more respectfully. If they need additional help in school, they would be given it equally.

Finally came the ESSA, which was passed by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015. The ESSA is an updated version of the NCLB Act.

“ESSA has a good impact on state education because when the government is involved in the school, they would know when something goes wrong quicker, as opposed to having no involvement. This way, the standards of each states and schools will increase when the government is there to make sure nothing goes off terribly wrong and gets a nasty surprise,” junior Cleo Zhang said.

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