"Every Student Succeeds", gimme a break.
As for what's actually in it:
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/ ... ild-behind
The new law changes much about the federal government's role in education, largely by scaling back Washington's influence. While ESSA keeps in place the basic testing requirements of No Child Left Behind, it strips away many of the high stakes that had been attached to student scores.
The job of evaluating schools and deciding how to fix them will shift largely back to states. Gone too is the requirement, added several years ago by the Obama administration, that states use student scores to evaluate teachers.
The new law, which passed the House and Senate with rare, resounding bipartisan support, would also expand access to high-quality preschool.
I think this is probably better than trying to control everything from Washington, but obviously this change does not mean that every student will succeed from now on.