The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 authorized the funding of federal K-12 education programs. The most recent version of ESEA was the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. The law was due for reauthorization in 2007 and NACAC is working with the 112th Congress to improve access to quality school counseling.
Reauthorization Legislation - NACAC on Reauthorization - ESSCP -
Counseling - Curriculum - NACAC Recommendations -
Coalition Recommendations - Dept. of Education Recommendations -
Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Summary of Legislation
Summary by Program
House Commitee on Education and the Workforce
Student Success Act: full text, summary
Encouraging Innovation and Effective Teachers Act: full text, summary
NACAC on Reauthorization Process
Senate Begins Consideration of ESEA Rewrite
Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP)
- The only federal program devoted to the creation and expansion of counseling programs in our nation's schools.
- Despite overwhelming demand for the grant program, requiring the Department of Education to compete the grant every other year, the Obama Administration has proposed consolidation of ESSCP into a funding stream called Successful, Safe, and Healthy Students with five other existing programs.
- The program has a statutory funding trigger of $40 million; therefore, whenever funding exceeds $40 million, secondary schools may receive any funds above $40 million.
- In Fiscal Year 2011, ESSCP was funded at $52.4 million.
- Proposed for consolidation by the Department of Education, approved for elimination by the House, and not included in the Senate reauthorization bill; NACAC is working with coalition partners to preserve the priorities of this program in reauthorization.
Fact Sheet: School Counselors Contribute to College Access and Success
Policy Brief: School Counseling & College Access
Policy Brief: Rigorous Curriculum
NACAC's Rigorous Curriculum page
The Pathways to College Act, introduced in both Chambers during the 111th Congress, would establish a grant program to help hire, train, and equip school counselors to establish a college-going culture in America's neediest schools.
With the challenging budget environment and make-up of the 112th Congress, rather than reintroduce the bill, NACAC urges federal legislators to include essential provisions of the Pathways to College Act in ESEA reauthorization to eliminate barriers to college awareness:
Recommendations to the 111th Congress
National Association of School Psychologists: Enhancing the Blueprint for School Improvement in the ESEA Reauthorization: Moving From a Two- to a Three-Component Approach
Support Services Letter to Authorizing Committees
U.S. Department of Education Recommendations
Secretary Duncan's Op-Ed: School Reform: A Chance for Bipartisan Governing
Secretary Duncan's Testimony to Senate HELP Committee
ESEA Reauthorization: A Blueprint for Reform
A Teacher's Guide to Fixing No Child Left Behind
Secretary Arne Duncan's Op-Ed: School reform: A chance for bipartisan governing
NACAC's ESEA Advocacy Coalitions
Committee for Education Funding (CEF)
National Alliance of Pupil Services Organizations (NAPSO)