In what many would have considered impossible after eight years of delay, the U.S. House of Representatives took an historic vote on Dec. 2, 2015, to approve, 359-64, a reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act, now called the “Every Student Succeeds Act.” On Dec. 9, the Senate also approved the bill, 85-12, and President Barack Obama signed it into law on Dec. 10. It's provisions take effect with the 2016-17 school year.

Here are some articles with more information about ESSA:

Analysis of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act

​Congress passes, Obama signs ESSA

Congress hopes every student succeeds

Every Student Succeeds Act allows more state, local control over schools

ESEA reauthorization bill clears conference committee

Full text of ESSA bill

Federal Every Student Succeeds Act Title I, Part A Paraprofessional Requirements