Every Student Succeeds Act-What Schools Should Know

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Survey Research Initiative


Helping Schools Understand the 



“…A smarter approach to testing by moving away from a sole focus on standardized tests to drive decisions around the quality of schools, and by allowing for the use of multiple measures of student learning and progress, along with other indicators of student success to make school accountability decisions.


1 What is ESSA?

  • ESSA was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
  • ESSA requires that student performance targets and school ratings are based on multiple measures.
  • ESSA recognizes that student performance is more than achievement test scores.
  • ESSA requires that all schools measure non-academic outcomes, such as school climate and social-emotional learning, to assess student learning.


2 What are “non-academic outcomes”? 

  • Non-academic outcomes are measures of school and student success that are not based on standardized testing.
  • Examples of non-academic outcomes:
    • Student and educator engagement
    • Postsecondary readiness
    • School climate and safety
    • Student self-control and conscientiousness
    • Parent satisfaction and engagement
    • Rates of in-school and out-of-school suspensions and expulsions
    • Chronic absenteeism
    • Incidences of violence, bullying, and harassment
    • Graduation rates
    • Social-emotional learning


3 How can SRI help you? 

  • SRI designs, administers, and analyzes surveys that measure non-academic outcomes of schools and students, such as social-emotional learning and school climate.
  • SRI has over 10 years experience designing surveys to meet the needs of various educational organizations in the public, charter, and independent school sectors.
  • SRI can customize surveys to meet the needs of states, school districts, and school leaders.
  • SRI can compare or benchmark survey results to other similar schools nationally and within a state.
  • SRI reports are colorful and in an easy-to-understand format. Summaries of findings are provided and conclusions offer ideas for strategic planning and school improvement.