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No Child Left Behind

On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. Developed and passed with strong bipartisan support, ESSA replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) as the nation's main education law. Pennsylvania’s proposed Consolidated State ESSA Plan was submitted in a timely way to the United States Department of Education (USDE) on September 18, 2017 and was approved on January 16, 2018. Find out more about Pennsylvania’s Consolidated State ESSA Plan.

School Choice FAQ - Parents (PDF)
School Choice FAQ - School District (PDF)

Supplemental Education Services

Please note Pennsylvania no longer requires Supplemental Education Services to be provided.  SES services were optional for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.  Pennsylvania will no longer be accepting approved SES provider applications beginning in the 2015-16 school year.  If local education agencies wish to offer tutoring services, they will contract directly for those services.  Interested current tutoring providers who provide tutoring services may contact LEAs directly with any questions regarding supplemental tutoring services.

Unsafe School Choice Option

On January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The purpose of the NCLB is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state achievement standards and academic assessments.

One part of NCLB is called the Unsafe School Choice Option. It requires that each state that receives federal funds establish and implement a statewide policy requiring that a student who attends a "persistently dangerous" public school be allowed to attend a safe public school.   Each state also must establish and implement a policy that permits a student who becomes the victim of a violent criminal offense, while in or on the grounds of any public school that he or she attends, to transfer to a safe public school.   Learn More about Unsafe School Choice Option