On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law. For the first time, ESSA embeds in federal education law provisions that promote school stability and success for youth in foster care and collaboration between education and child welfare agencies to achieve these goals. Children in foster care are some of the nation’s most educationally disadvantaged students. Studies show that students in foster care experience: school suspensions and expulsions at higher rates than their peers not in foster care, lower standardized test scores in reading and math, high levels of grade retention and drop-out, and far lower high school and college graduation rates.
This briefing will spotlight how provisions of ESSA are being implemented to change these statistics and highlight organizations that provide critical support to help children and youth in foster care succeed.
The briefing will be featuring representatives from ABA Center on Children and the Law, Washington State’s Treehouse for Learning, an organization with a strong track record of supporting foster youth and improving high school graduation rates, and officials from Colorado Department of Education and Department of Children, Youth and Families working on new Colorado state programs for school stability and education outcomes for foster youth.
Monday, October 1, 2018
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Senate Dirksen Building G-11