School Librarians and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, which included school libraries in a number of the provisions. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that ensures “effective school libraries” are addressed in state and local plans.

In the weeks and months ahead AASL will continue to examine ESSA, unpack the provisions for school libraries within the ESSA, and communicate how they will impact the school library community. AASL’s ongoing work with the ALA Washington Office, as well as the association’s partnerships with other educational organizations, will highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school library programs. Read more about the next steps in the link below for ESSA Opportunities for School Librarians.  

Sample Thank You Letter for Legislators word icon

ESSA Opportunities for School Librarians pdf icon

ALA Letter Providing Recommendations on Implementing Title I pdf icon

The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) Summary and Potential Implications created by the Texas State Library and Archive Commission pdf icon

ESSA Updates from the ALA Washington Office: District Dispatch

ESSA Updates on Knowledge Quest

Rule Making and Guidance

Response to the U.S. Department of Education's Request for Input on Areas of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in which the Department could Provide Non-Regulatory Guidance to Support Inclusion of School Libraries and Librarians (May 25, 2016) 

ALA Annual Conference Session Materials 

Unpacking ESSA for the Library Eco-System

Unpacking ESSA for the School Librarian