No-Child-Left-Behind-EndIt’s official. President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act yesterday that officially replaces No Child Left Behind (ESEA or Elementary and Secondary Education Act).

A bipartisan effort brought the law to the President’s desk, and districts, teachers, and parents will welcome more individual state decisions involving testing and state requirements for graduation, and regarding the Common Core (see our previous discussion HERE) which never had a thorough plan for students with dyslexia and other learning differences.

A nice review of the problems and promise with NCLB and the changes made with his new law can be read in USA Today (pdf below), but only time will tell what changes in the daily experience for dyslexic students will be with the new law. An attempt to mention dyslexia specifically in this law failed miserably this past Spring.

Here is the new law: Every Student Succeeds Act. Dyslexia is mentioned by name twice – starting on page 403.


  1. The comprehensive center established by the Secretary under subsection (a)(1) shall—
    (1) identify or develop free or low-cost evidence-based assessment tools for identifying students at risk of not attaining full literacy skills due to a disability, including dyslexia impacting reading…