The Texas Education Agency (TEA) recently launched an online survey offering parents, taxpayers and the general public an avenue to provide input on the state’s implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA, which is the new federal law governing K-12 education and replaces the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, returns a significant amount of decision-making on education policy to the states.
Commissioner of Education Mike Morath has stated, “We need input from all parts of our state to ensure that, under ESSA, all students in Texas can receive a high-quality education that prepares them for the future.” The online ESSA survey, which will take less than ten minutes to complete, is available at the following link: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3003630/ESSA-Public-Input-Survey
The online survey provides an opportunity for arts advocates to share views on how the state should implement provisions of ESSA. In particular, question three provides an opportunity to share the importance of the arts as a part of the measure of school quality or school success. The survey period will run through Nov. 18.