State of the Union: ESSA an ‘important start’

During his last State of the Union address, President Obama emphasizes the need for continued focus on progress

Education spent a few brief moments in the spotlight during President Obama’s final State of the Union address on Jan. 12.

Obama touched on computer science and math education, college- and career-readiness, and early childhood education for all students as he spoke.

“The bipartisan reform of No Child Left Behind was an important start, and together, we’ve increased early childhood education, lifted high school graduation rates to new highs, and boosted graduates in fields like engineering,” Obama said.

One of the biggest developments in K-12 education is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which replaced the much-maligned No Child Left Behind Act Obama mentioned. ESSA gives states increased latitude to determine how to best close achievement gaps.

“In the coming years, we should build on that progress, by providing Pre-K for all, offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on day one, and we should recruit and support more great teachers for our kids,” he said.

Laura Ascione

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