Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 Focuses on At-Risk Students

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 includes several provisions that support state and district efforts to prevent students from dropping out of high school and to reengage out-of-school youth.

For instance, federal funds are available to schools to coordinate efforts to address aspects of school climate that contribute to students leaving school, such as school-based violence and excessive use of suspensions. These funds encourage schools to work with community-based organizations to introduce violence-prevention programs and train staff in disciplinary strategies that reduce exclusionary discipline.

Additional provisions address the needs of court-involved, homeless, disabled and foster care youth.

Read a brief overview of the ESSA here.