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Every Student Succeeds Act– Final Version

November 30, 2015

So, here we go.

A revision to the “final” version, now 1061 pages, updated 11-30-15 at 10:28 a.m.:



Below is a link to the ESEA reauthorization draft that is scheduled to go before House and Senate for a vote. (It is scheduled to be voted on by the House on December 02, 2015.)

The document, named the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), is 1059 pages and is dated November 29, 2015, at 9:14 p.m. (presumably EST):


I plan to skim and offer commentary in a post this evening, November 30, 2015. For now, I just wanted to make the document available.



  1. Bonnie Wilder permalink

    Mercedes, It takes the Feds 1059 pages to tell the rest of us that they know how to make Every Student Succeed?!?!?!?!!!! Soooo……what are their credentials? How many hours have any of them, lobbyists included, spent inside a classroom?

    Just letting off steam. Now….. YOUR commentary I am breathlessly awaiting! Bonnie Wilder

  2. Page 798: (40) PAY FOR SUCCESS INITIATIVE.—The term ‘pay for success initiative’ means a performance-based grant, contract, or cooperative agreement awarded by a public entity in which a commitment is made to pay for improved outcomes that result in social benefit and direct cost savings or cost avoidance to the public sector. Such an initiative shall include—

    (A) a feasibility study on the initiative describing how the proposed intervention is based on evidence of effectiveness;

    (B) a rigorous, third-party evaluation that uses experimental or quasi-experimental design or other research methodologies that allow for the strongest possible causal inferences to determine whether the initiative has met its proposed outcomes;

    (C) an annual, publicly available report on the progress of the initiative; and

    ‘‘(D) a requirement that payments are made to the recipient of a grant, contract, or cooperative agreement only when agreed upon outcomes are achieved, except that the entity may make payments to the third party conducting the evaluation described in subparagraph (B).

  3. Also references Pay for Success on 274 and 485.

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