Issue Brief 15-40
December 17, 2015

The federal programs that comprise the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) have been unauthorized since the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB; P.L. 107-110) expired after fiscal year (FY) 2007. With enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA; P.L. 114-95), these programs are now authorized for FYs 2017-2020, leaving the FY 2016 structure unchanged.

This Issue Brief summarizes the major components of ESSA, focusing on funding levels, new and eliminated grant programs, and changes to formulas and other fiscal provisions that govern existing programs.