The ESSA Fact Sheets will help school leaders become experts on the issues that will most affect the practices in their schools. Utilize the fact sheets to get up to speed on what each title includes and opportunities for you to advocate.


Signed into law December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the federal legislation that governs elementary and secondary education in America.

Title I

Title I (Improving Basic Programs Operated by State and Local Education Agencies) funding brings both needed resources and new requirements to provide the personnel, instruction, and interventions to help close achievement gaps.

Title II

Title II (Preparing, Training, and Recruiting High-Quality Teachers, Principals, or Other School Leaders) focuses on improving the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders.

Title III

Title III (Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students) helps ensure that English learners, including immigrant children and youth, attain English proficiency and develop high levels of academic achievement.

Title IV

Title IV (21st Century Schools) is comprised of two large block grant programs as well as discretionary grant and assistance programs meant to support the comprehensive needs of students in a variety of settings, strengthen family engagement, and bring America’s schools into the 21st century.

Title V

Title V (Flexibility and Accountability—Rural Education and Achievement Program) allows states and districts the flexibility to target federal funds to the programs and activities that most effectively address the unique needs of states and localities.