ESSA Resources

The Every Student Succeeds Act is the reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The original act was a part of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s war on poverty, and was intended to improve education for each and every student in the country, regardless of where they lived.

ESSA returns decision making for our nation’s education back where it belongs – in the hands of local educators, families, and communities – while keeping the focus on students most in need.

The resources here help explain how ESSA supports local decision-making and how the federal law affects schools in Oregon. In addition to these resources, members can access the OEA Educator-Led Toolkit. The toolkit helps educators organize and advocate for improved teaching and learning conditions.

If there is a resource missing or you have questions, please contact us at There are additional resources available from NEA at