December 9, 2015 (Washington D.C.) Today, the Senate approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by a vote of 85-12. The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial digital learning leaders is encouraged by the actions by the House and Senate and anticipates that President Obama will sign the bill. SETDA supports the bill’s many provisions that focus on promoting technology use as a key component for improving academic achievement, academic growth, digital literacy of students and professional learning to increase the quality and effectiveness of teachers and school leaders.
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act signals to states and districts the importance of technology to improve education experiences in this digital age. While the legislation provides great flexibility for use of resources for many programs, it does prioritize use of technology to achieve educational goals throughout.
“SETDA is gratified that the House and Senate approved the Every Student Succeeds Act, “ stated Lan Neugent, Interim Executive Director, SETDA. “Our members are looking forward to providing their expertise as state and local education leaders work to include technology in their plans to increase academic achievement and ensure that every student does succeed.”
Founded in 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal non-profit membership association representing U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders. Our mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice. For more information, please visit: setda.org
No Child Left Behind has Finally been Left Behind, US News and World Report at http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/12/09/congress-replaces-no-child-left-behind-shifts-power-to-states