Fifty years later: A chance to get ESEA back on track


  • Joseph Bishop



ESEA, educational inequalities, learning, shared responsibility


Looking at the evolution of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) over the last 50 years, this paper argues that many of the racial, social, and economic inequities of 1965 that President Johnson was hoping to address have only been accelerated. It’s not only time for a modern rethink on educational equity, but also a much broader set of metrics for policymakers to consider for determining the progress of students, families, educators and school systems. Some of these indicators include equitable resources, multiple measures of inputs and outputs, professional competence, meaningful measures of success, responsive parental engagement and a system of shared responsibility inside and outside of schools to foster student learning.


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Author Biography

Joseph Bishop

Joseph Bishop is the Director of Policy of the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign, an initiative of the Schott Foundation for Public Education.  




How to Cite

Bishop, J. (2015). Fifty years later: A chance to get ESEA back on track. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 23, 24.



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