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ESSA Keeps the Light on Student Achievement

ESSA Keeps the Light on Student Achievement

WASHINGTON (December 10, 2015)—President Barack Obama today signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Following are the remarks of Aimee Rogstad Guidera, President and CEO of the Data Quality Campaign, a national nonprofit that advocates for the safe, effective use of education data to improve student achievement:

“The Every Student Succeeds Act, signed into law today by President Obama, recognizes the critical value of using data to make sure every child receives a high-quality education that prepares them for college and career.

ESSA is an affirmation of the most successful component of its predecessor: the requirement to disaggregate education data and provide them to the public. That has made it possible to have greater transparency and more accurate measures of academic performance than ever before to help close achievement gaps. The new law increases this transparency, highlights the importance of supporting educators in using data, and ensures we continue to have quality data on an annual basis about how our students are doing.

States now have the opportunity to use ESSA to leverage the power of data as a tool to shine a light on what is working; inform continuous improvement; and empower parents, educators, and everyone who has a stake in education with information they can use to help students succeed.”


Dakarai I. Aarons
Director, Strategic Communications
c: 202-997-6519


About the Data Quality Campaign:

The Data Quality Campaign is a national, nonprofit organization leading the effort to bring every part of the education community together to empower educators, parents, and policymakers with quality information to make decisions that ensure students achieve their best. For more information, go to and follow us on Twitter @EdDataCampaign.